Over the last few years, we are seeing much more interest in the ranked-choice voting system.
The good aspect of the system ensures every vote counts, literally.
The bad aspect of it is what just happened in Alaska that more than likely cost Sarah Palin a congressional seat.
Splitting the Vote
Democrats were far smarter than Republicans in the special election held in Alaska.
If the party is smart, it will take the lesson learned and apply pressure to make this a heads-up battle.
Palin lost the special election because there was another Republican on the ballot.
When the second Democrat on the ballot withdrew from the race, the ballots that had been cast for him moved to the second choice, which, for the most part, benefited the Democrats.
If Palin can get past the first vote in the general election, she will probably win, but that is a big if.
On that note, Palin stated, "We had ranked-choice voting. This will be going into our fourth vote to find the person to have Alaska's at-large seat in Congress to replace Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who passed away some months ago, nearly eight months ago, meaning Alaska will have gone without representation for about eight months."
She continued, "I've thumped him three times now in our first three votes, and yet still he knows that this just creates disunity, a lot of division.
"The conservative, the Republican vote will be split again.
"The math shows exactly what's going to happen in that final vote in the general election in November. He knows what's going to happen.
"And of course, he's calling on me to drop out of the race. And I say, why should I?
"We thumped you three times. He needs to drop out, or he at least needs to call for unity behind my candidacy."
Personally, not a fan of ranked-choice.
The biggest problem I see is that all those idiots who waste their votes on candidates with no shot now have a backup plan to make their vote count.
If you want to waste your vote, fine, that is your right, but you should not get to cast what amounts to multiple voters in the same election.