It’s a situation that leaves no clear answer for what organization might look like, potentially setting up yet another cycle where the House starts the session without a majority and unable to conduct any meaningful business.
ranked choice voting
The special election for the U.S. House taught us to expect a little bit of everything.
After the result, there was some criticism of ranked choice voting, including a comment from Arkansas U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, who called it a “scam.”
“These comments raise the question: is RCV some kind of crazy scam to rig elections?” they asked in their paper. “The short answer is: No. (The long answer is: Nooooooo.),” they wrote.
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If it stinks everywhere you go, maybe it’s you.
Peltola wins the special election in the 49th state on her 49th birthday… 49 years since a Democrat last held the seat.
Where choices were once obvious, we have an opportunity to decide between candidates who share common goals and are encouraged to think about the differences without fear of “throwing away” our vote.
Just who gets the fourth-month term will come down to how many Begich voters ranked Palin second and how many skipped it altogether.
Without anyone to split the moderate or liberal votes, Democratic candidate Mary Peltola has a pretty clear path to at least 40-45% of the vote, leaving Republicans Begich and Palin in a pinch.
After a particularly uninspired showing at the oral arguments, an attempt to overturn the slate of election reforms has come up far short.