After many Republicans began claiming the 2020 election was “rigged,” I knew ranked-choice voting, if adopted, would just throw gasoline on that fire.
“Ranked-choice voting has its virtues,” I wrote in April or 2021, “but when voters throw the phrase ‘rigged election’ around as if they lived in a tinhorn dictatorship, this is not its moment in history.”
No sooner had Alaska announced the results Wednesday in its special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Don Young, a Republican, than one of the losers, Sarah Palin, blamed ranked choice voting. It was convoluted and confusing, she said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
That was mild. Other, more extreme voices in the Republican Party took a harsher, more predictable tone. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted, “Ranked-choice voting is a scam to rig elections.”