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With Ranked-Choice Voting, Every Vote Doesn’t Count

Ranked-choice voting is being increasingly promoted by special interests and activists on the Left. But it consistently overpromises and underdelivers, and voters are the ones who suffer the consequences. 

Traditionally, we head to the polls to vote for the candidates we support—one person, one vote. And we expect each one to be counted fairly. But with ranked-choice voting, voters are expected to rank all candidates on a ballot—and numerous rounds of tabulating are conducted with ballots being discarded as each round progresses. 

Yes, discarded

Madeline Malisa, senior fellow at FGA, recently joined the Rod Arquette Show to discuss the many problems with ranked-choice voting. 

Ranked-choice voting is a disaster,” said Madeline. “Americans win when their votes count. And under our traditional one-person, one-vote system, every valid ballot counts. And I think we should keep it that way. But ranked-choice voting threatens that very principle.” 

The interview covers the major issues with ranked-choice voting—namely, that every vote does not count; it diminishes voter confidence; and it gets in the way of fast and accurate ballot counting. Madeline points to examples from Maine, California, and Alaska showing that the only thing ranked-choice voting ensures is that thousands of votes will end up in the trash. 

Listen to the interview in full here!

When it comes to commonsense reforms like election and welfare program integrity, FGA is driving the conversation on a wide range of important issues. Here’s the latest on our work: 

FGA’s Countdown Clock Ticks Closer to 100 Million Enrolled in Medicaid“100 million is certainly no cause for celebration. It’s a clear indication that Medicaid enrollment is out of control. This number represents nearly one-third of the entire country’s population. How did we get here? The simple answer is pro-dependency, anti-work policies.”

How States Can Move People from Welfare to Work, Sidestepping Team Biden’s Ban (New York Post): “The Biden administration is blocking states from moving people from welfare to work. The federal government has banned state work requirements for food-stamp recipients since March 2020, and the Biden team is continuing this counterproductive restriction through at least April. Fortunately, there’s a work-requirement workaround that states should quickly pass in 2023.”

Notable Media Mentions:

The Daily Signal: House Republicans Call for Ban on Big Tech Private Funding of Election Administration

The Daily Wire: Medicaid Enrollment to Hit 100 Million, Include Nearly One-Third of Americans

The Epoch Times: 100 Million Americans to be on Medicaid by March, Think Tank Projects

The Federalist: Ranked-Choice Voting Keeps Rigging Elections

Washington Examiner: Why food stamp payments have soared, even as labor market recovers

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