You may have heard that some people aren't happy with the choices they have for president this year and many are wondering how it has come to this. Voters are either looking for someone to blame or a way to fix the outdated system.
There are many factors to consider: the media, big money, caucuses versus primaries, gerrymandered districts, party insiders, and ballot access issues — to name a few. Each is worthy of public debate, but I'm interested in the process by which we elect our leaders.
This year's Republican primary election perfectly illustrates my point. The GOP fielded 17 strong candidates. So many in fact, that early in the race candidates were considered front-runners with only 12 percent of the vote.
What this really boils down to is the concept of a plurality winner — someone who wins with less than 50 percent of the vote. My question is, how do we identify the candidate who really has the broadest support of the voters.
There is a real-world solution to this problem: ranked choice voting. Voters rank candidates from their most favored to their least. Ranked choice voting helps find the candidate with the broadest support. Simply put, it produces better outcomes.
Vote your conscience, with no wasted votes and no spoiler effects. There is a better way.