Bruce Ramsey’s Seattle Times column for tomorrow tackles ranked choice voting.
Ramsey begins by saying that RCV might have been a better system for this year’s Seattle mayor’s race in which one of the top contenders, incumbent Greg Nickels, didn’t even make it past the primary. But then Ramsey takes a look at the RCV experience in Pierce County and concludes:
Fairness and democracy are important values, but they aren’t everything. An election system needs to be simple, so that citizens will participate in it, trust it and accept the authority of the candidates chosen under it. And ranked-choice voting is not simple. To the average voter, it’s a black box.
I think that kills it.