Chris Korczak: Easthampton should support ranked-choice voting

Published: 10/23/2019 4:19:25 PM

Under Easthampton’s current municipal election system, the city has no primary, and we also have no runoff elections. This means that we can have a situation where three or more people run for office, and we end up with a “winner” that earns 34% of the vote or less.

This candidate wouldn’t necessarily be representative of what Easthampton stands for. Ranked-choice voting is far less expensive and more effective than primaries, and it has a lot of other added benefits.

You wouldn’t have to “hold your nose” and vote for the lesser of two evils. You would rank your choices as you see fit, ensuring that you don’t spoil an election (vote for someone who takes votes from someone else) and also allowing you to vote for who you want to win, as opposed to voting defensively to protect the office from someone terrible.

Turnout would also go up with ranked-choice voting, as people would feel part of the process and get to vote for someone they like. That’s actual engagement. Issues would come to the forefront, as candidates can run on something they feel is important, without worrying about taking votes away from someone they agree with on 90% of other issues.

Vote yes for ranked-choice voting on Nov. 5.

 Chris Korczak

Easthampton




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