Ranked Choice Voting in New Hampshire? Lawmakers consider voting system for 2020 primary

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary could be decided by ranked-choice voting next year if Rep. Read’s bill is favored.

Maine politicians often say we should copy the no tax policies of New Hampshire. Now some in the Granite State say they should copy Maine — by switching to ranked-choice voting.

A New Hampshire legislative committee on Wednesday heard arguments in favor of switching to a ranked-choice system. Democratic Rep. Ellen Read, who is sponsoring the bill, says no one spoke against it during the hearing, although she expects there will be opposition.

A similar bill was defeated last year, but Rep. Read says support for ranked-choice has increased after people saw how it worked in Maine.

Read says her bill would have ranked-choice voting used for next year’s presidential primary, and then for other state elections starting in 2022.

Author: Don Carrigan, News Center Maine

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