Slight majority favor ranked choice voting - 113 participants, 227 responses

Oct 13, 2016

On November 8, Maine voters approved a change to the ranked-choice system of voting, in which voters can rank candidates by preference rather than choose just one. Ranked voting comes into play when there are three or more candidates for one seat, and no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. The candidate with the least number of first-choice votes is dropped from the race and votes are then recounted using second-choice votes. This continues until one candidate has over 50% of the vote. On October 13, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH adopt ranked choice voting?”

“Should New Hampshire adopt ranked choice voting?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 89% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 11% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 227 responses from 113 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A slight majority, at 54% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of adopting ranked choice voting in New Hampshire.

  • “It's a much easier and better system that allows people to rank their candidates in order of preference.”
  • “Approval voting would alleviate problems with seeming to always vote for the lesser of two evils.”
  • “It would make third-party candidates a less risky vote, letting people acknowledge who they really prefer.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 46%, opposed ranked choice voting.

  • “Making the voting process more complicated is tantamount to enabling even more cheating and fraud.”
  • “Most of the electorate isn't bright enough to figure out the current system.”
  • “If it’s not broken, don’t fix or replace it. I think we have the best way to vote and others should follow us.”

Other: As noted above, 11% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Security concerns: “Would this make it easier to rig elections?”
  • Needing more information: “I want to check this out before deciding.”
  • Expressing frustration: “What does it matter? The government couldn’t care less what our opinion is.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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