Donald Torrey: The downfalls of ranked-choice voting

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Published: 8/21/2019 7:00:19 PM

I would like to respond to Mr. Daniel Gilbert’s response (“Why ranked-choice voting is the way to go,” July 29) to my explanation of ranked-choice voting in a letter on July 15.

I did some more research. Economist Kenneth Arrow set out to find the best voting method, resulting in Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, for which he won the Nobel prize. The theorem says that outside of two-choice plurality, no good method exists.

Further investigation showed that ranked-choice voting is a product of left-leaning ideology brought about because left-leaning fringe groups were drawing away from the Democrat Party vote and allowing Republicans to possibly win.

It is also possible in a three-way race to intentionally vote for the least likely candidate so that the second choice vote counts, thus corrupting the voting process.

To Mr. Gilbert I can only say that with further research, it appears ranked-choice voting is every bit as bad as I thought, maybe even worse. Unless you are left-leaning and want to corrupt the voting system to your favor.

I am only in favor of a runoff election between the top two vote getters. I want to see them go head to head and make my decision. I want everyone to get a chance to vote again. If someone chooses not to vote that is their decision. They are not disenfranchised. They are lazy.

Burlington, Vermont, had ranked-choice voting and got rid of it after an election still ended up with the winner not getting over 50 percent of the vote.

I hope Mr. Gilbert looks into this more and I am sure he will see the down falls of ranked-choice voting as much as I do.

Donald Torrey

Easthampton




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