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Utah municipalities can now experiment with ranked choice voting

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14.11.2018

After a meeting reportedly attended by no one, which lasted 52 seconds, Utah implemented new rules earlier this week that will allow municipalities in the Beehive State to experiment with ranked choice voting in future elections.

According to Salt Lake City Fox affiliate KSTU, Utah State Elections Director Justin Lee implemented the new pilot program after a meeting in an empty room Monday. “I’ll open it up to any public comment?” Lee said, addressing no one. “Seeing none, we will close the meeting. Thank you.”

Despite the remarkable lack of public input or engagement around the implementation of the program, the actual result has a chance to make local election in the state more Democratic. Ranked choice voting gives voters the chance to rank the candidates based on reference, rather than simply picking one.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and Donald Trump, two men who owe their jobs to terrible electoral systems. CREDIT: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

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