In November, the people of Maine chose to adopt a ranked-choice voting (RCV) system that better reflects the will of the people. RCV promotes the inclusion of a more diverse set of candidates for public office and, in time, will help to ease the divisiveness that plagues the current political system.

The recent Maine Supreme Court opinion that has thrown the future of RCV into doubt must spur Mainers seeking to improve the election system and government into action. Of the 10 different types of elections held in Maine, seven of them were deemed by the court to legally allow the use of RCV.

Elected officials in the state should uphold the will of the people and adopt RCV in the seven types of election where it is legally permissible, and officials should be encouraged to let Mainers vote on a constitutional amendment in the November election.

Ben White, Auburn

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