Voting needs to be as accessible as possible to every American.
We need to ensure that every person can easily vote and that every vote will be counted. We need to be sure there is a secure and efficient method for people to register to vote, vote absentee, vote early and vote on election day. We also need to ensure that every ballot cast gets counted.
We need to be diligent in recognizing and stopping voter suppression such as efforts to cut voting access by limiting places to cast ballots, instituting voter ID requirements, gerrymandering, and expanding term limits. We need to be sure the USPS has the resources it needs to handle mail-in ballots. We need to be sure voting rights are restored to those who have been stripped of them without due cause, and making local governments comply with the Voting Rights Act.
Other ways we can make voting more equitable are abolishing the filibuster, the electoral college, and granting statehood to Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico to allow for senatorial representation for 4 million Americans currently not represented in Congress.
Rank Choice Voting:
Our plurality voting system, where voters can only vote for one candidate in both a “primary” and “general” election and the candidate with the most votes wins, leads to situations where one person can win an election with less than 50% of the popular vote, and voters are left feeling like they have to vote strategically, compromising their values. This situation creates a partisan, two-party system, constantly threatened by an independent third-party vote.
Ranked-choice voting is an electoral system that allows voters to vote for multiple candidates, ranking them in order of preference (1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc.). Voters can more sincerely express their preference without feeling like they have to compromise their values. The candidate with more than 50% of first-choice votes wins, and if no candidate wins a majority from first-choice votes, then votes are redistributed to second-choice candidates, and so forth.
Ranked-choice voting has been instituted in several cities in the United States, including Berkeley, California, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and San Francisco, California, and will soon be implemented in places like New York City and Amherst, Massachusetts. Maine is currently the only state to implement ranked choice voting state-wide for all elections (local, state, presidential).