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Wyoming Secretary of State: Don’t open the door to ranked-choice voting

Despite its disastrous track record so far, according to NBC, lawmakers in 14 states have introduced 27 bills proposing ranked-choice voting models. 

With ranked-choice voting, instead of voting for a single preferred candidate, voters must rank each of the candidates in order of preference. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, there are multiple rounds of tabulation and elimination until there is a winner. The 2018 Maine Second Congressional District election and the most recent election in Alaska have illustrated how ranked-choice voting can be excessively complicated and doesn’t always end with the winner being the most popular candidate or party. 

The growing number of leftists and special interests pushing for ranked-choice voting is concerning, to say the least. Fortunately, not everyone is hopping on the bandwagon. In a recent op-ed for the Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray discusses the importance of strengthening voter confidence in the state’s electoral process—and warned how ranked-choice voting won’t accomplish that.

From Secretary Gray’s op-ed: 

“House Bill 49, which has been introduced in the Wyoming Legislature, would authorize municipalities to conduct ranked choice voting in their local elections. The bill would open up the door to this problematic form of conducting elections, and it would only pave the way for statewide expansion.

“A statewide ranked choice system would eliminate our existing traditional primary system and replace it with a flawed system that does not work. HB49 is being heard before the House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee on Wednesday at noon. I’m hopeful that ranked-choice voting will be rejected because of its systemic flaws.

Click here to read his op-ed in its entirety. 


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