Yoji wrote:I wonder how Maine is going to turn out. Mad at them for letting LePage get termed out instead of voted out. But ranked voting? I liked the idea when I first heard of it, and then I heard about it on Radiolab. If it's anything like they say, it could change everything. But this is America we're talking about; you can count on us to do the right thing... after exhausting all possible alternatives.
AFAIK, as of right now ranked voting in Maine is only for federal offices. While LePage is the specific reason that the state introduced it, it turns out that the state constitution explicitly allows candidates to win state office with a plurality. So ranked-choice can't go into effect for state offices without a constitutional amendment.
Expect an effort to amend the Maine constitution for that reason.
The 2020 Senate race may be the one to watch there. Collins isn't going to have the kind of broad bipartisan support she's enjoyed in the past, and even if there's a third (or fourth!) candidate in the race, ranked choice means the anti-Collins vote won't be split in the final count.
I wonder what it would take to get ranked preference voting on the Arizona ballot.
I bet we could get the state Democratic Party to go for it -- even if Sinema wins, it's going to be close enough that they'll want to avoid another election like this.
I'm sure the state Green and Libertarian Parties would be onboard too.
Republicans...probably not. They've recently rewritten the rules so that Greens can get on the ballot and Libertarians can't, so at this point they're pretty happy with first-past-the-post. (That's the party, though. I think Republican voters might go for it. I've known a lot of Republicans who'd be voting Libertarian if they didn't think it would be a wasted vote.)
ETA: Okay actually I figured out the Republican case for ranked preference:
Former Republican state AG Grant Woods has announced that he's mulling a 2020 Senate run as an independent. He could split the Republican vote and put a Democrat in the Senate.