Last week, voters in Maine approved — for the second time in three years — a new system of voting called ranked-choice or instant runoffs.
Maine will be using instant runoffs voting (IRV) for statewide elections, including those for governor and Congress.
They tried it out last week, using IRV in their Democratic and Republican primaries. The election went off without a hitch, with none of the problems — voter confusion, voiding of ballots, vote-counting problems, etc. — predicted by IRV opponents.
It’s a lesson for Memphis.
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