Letter to the Editor: Ranked-choice voting makes sense


Last updated 12/2/2020 at 2:12pm

I recently faced a challenge. My 5-year-old daughter was adamant that I purchase her Iced Oatmeal Z Bars from the store, but they were out. I FaceTimed her and conveyed the bad news. Rather than having an embarrassing meltdown, she simply asked for a different snack from the shelf.

Ranking our preferences is something we do every day. It is simple enough for a 5-year-old, and adults can easily apply this principle when it comes to voting.

Ranked-choice voting allows voters to rank candidates based on their preferences. Voters see a list of candidates and choose their first choice, second choice, and so on. Much like the decision my daughter faced, they will get their first choice by default, but if that option isn’t viable, then they might get their second or third choice.

We need RCV in Washington state.

Right now, voters are limited in their choices. They only get to vote for one candidate, and if that candidate does poorly their vote will become meaningless.

With RCV, voters get more choice and more voice. They can vote truthfully, knowing that if their vote goes to an underperforming candidate, they can still get their second or third choice, just like my daughter did when she was picking out her snack.

This is a system that works better for all of us.

I hope my state legislators will support RCV so Washington state can continue to lead as a healthy, vibrant democracy.

Shie Benaderet

Mill Creek


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