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Ranked-choice Voting Proposed by a Bipartisan Pair of Lawmakers

State Capitol. Courtesy of CTNewsJunkie.com (we-ha.com file photo)

Sens. Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) and Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) have filed a bill proposing a ranked-choice voting system.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Connecticut would explore a ranked-choice voting system in congressional races and presidential primaries under a bill proposed last week by a bipartisan pair of state senators.

Ranked-choice voting, often referred to as instant-runoff voting, is an electoral system thought to encourage political civility and boost the viability of third-party candidates by asking voters to rank candidates for office rather than just choosing one. If a voter’s first choice fails to capture a majority of the vote, then that voter’s ballot is for their second, then third, or fourth choice instead.

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