Unless we enact some form of ranked-choice voting, we will never be able to break out of the political Republicrat trap, and never have a chance at getting the real “change” that people desperately want. Third-party candidates will continue to be marginalized by the media, who are increasingly concerned with picking (or making) winners rather than conveying information. People will continue to be afraid to “waste” their vote on a candidate who seems unlikely to win — as if voting is about predicting the winning horse rather than expressing what you want from government. And they will continue to hold their nose and vote for the “lesser of two evils,” lest they tip the election to the candidate they like least.
It’s almost impossible for real outsiders — other than show-business celebrities and self-funded billionaires — to get a foothold.
There are several forms of ranked-choice voting, with various pros and cons. But it would be better than the current situation, where pols don’t have to worry about being held accountable because they know people really have no choice but to ricochet back and forth between the two big-party options, whose offerings, in practice, are all too similar, and brought to you by the same corporate sponsors.
Ranked choice voting legislation languishes in the State House, because the insiders want to keep the game to themselves. We’ll need a ballot initiative to break it open.