Ranked choice voting discussed by lawmakers at public hearing

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The state General Administration and Elections Committee held a public hearing Wednesday on ranked choice voting and several other potential voting changes.

On a ranked choice ballot, voters would pick their first choice followed by second and third choices. If that top candidate comes in last, they are dropped and the vote moves to the voters' second choice.

The elimination process keeps happening until someone hits 50 percent and wins.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants the state to study ranked choice voting, but says it could require new ballot tabulators.

"We'd have to make a lot of changes in the way we currently do elections, not just the mathematical part, but just the ballot,” she says.

Ranked choice could have changed this year's governor's race. Bob Stefanowski became the Republican candidate with just 29 percent of the vote in a five-way primary.

LINKS: 
Connecticut General Assembly - H.B. No. 5820
Fair Vote - Where is ranked choice voting used?

 

 

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