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Letters, Jan. 23

Support ranked choice voting

1-2-3 is another designation for Jan. 23. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), a better voting system.

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Communities across the nation are using RCV to elect leaders. November elections saw 32 cities across seven states (Utah, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico) successfully use RCV.

With three or more candidates competing, voters can rank them in order of preference. Choose 1, 2, 3, and so on. RCV allows voters to rank their true preferences without fear of vote splitting, or “wasting” their vote on unelectable contenders.

Candidates are incentivized toward positive campaigns, realizing the advantage to appeal to a wider range of voters. Satisfaction is more common as we elect representatives supporting a broad group of voters.

Parties can use RCV for primaries, but with RCV there’s no need for both primary and general elections. It provides an instant runoff for a winner with majority support. This saves time and money.

Ranked Choice Voting benefits are exciting. Learn more from national groups like FairVote or Rank-the-Vote. On Sunday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m. Pacific, they will host a national RCV Celebration (registration required: https://bit.ly/rcvday2022). Celebrities and movement leaders will welcome supporters, volunteers and donors.

Barbara Klein, Ashland, League of Women Voters Rogue Valley action chair

Jennifer Carloni, board member, LWV Umpqua Valley

What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture? Two headlines literally side by side: “Members (county commissioners) oppose permanent mask rule” and “County sees highest case numbers of pandemic.” What universe are our commissioners living in?

Jerry Kenefick

Ashland