A ranked ballot system is supposed to make voting more accurate by avoiding the chance that a candidate can win by a very low percentage because there are many candidates on the ballot.
With the ranked ballot system, the voter ranks the list of candidates in order of preference, from first to last.
The first choice votes are totaled up and if someone receives 50 percent or more of the votes, then they are declared the winner and the election is over. However, if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then the candidate with the lowest amount of votes is eliminated from the race. All of his or her votes move to the second choice on the ballot and the votes are counted up again.
What is the public’s opinion regarding the ranked ballot system? Make sure to pay attention to the Uxbridge Council Meeting Agenda to find out when the ranked ballot presentation is taking place in order to have a voice when Council decides whether or not to change the current voting system.
On one hand, ranked ballots seem like the rational option. Candidates are proven to use less attack ads and go on a more civil campaign.
Ranked ballots are supposed to be the more democratic option because a candidate cannot win with less than the majority. On the other hand, a change in voting system likely means a change to new voting machines that can reallocate votes. This means more burden on taxpayer dollars.
In order to rank candidates in order of preference, voters must do extensive research on each candidate. Now, is that a pro or a con? Voters should know exactly who they are voting for and what those candidates stand for.