Ranked-choice voting gains momentum, and foes

Advocates expect another burst of states and cities to implement it over the next year.
FILE – Brochures are displayed at the Alaska Division of Elections office on Jan. 21, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska, detailing changes to elections this year. Alaska’s races will unfold in the overhauled ranked-choice system. The system had its inaugural election this summer when Democrat Mary Peltola made history by becoming the first Alaska Native to serve in the House and the first woman to win Alaska’s sole congressional seat. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Ranked-choice voting pushes in two presidential battleground states add to the growing list of places considering different ways of conducting American elections, even as some states this year moved to ban localities from implementing it.

Signature-gathering drives launched in Arizona last month for ballot initiatives that would implement ranked-choice voting in both primary and general elections. In Wisconsin, a bipartisan group of lawmakers recently reignited an effort to pass a bill that would create an all-party primary and ranked-choice general election.

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