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Why not pick more than one candidate in our elections?

Scott Robert Shaw



In business, when there is a large amount of customer dissatisfaction, businesses either change their business practices, or go out of business. Can the same be true for politics? A Wisconsin based group thinks so. The group Wisconsin Fund is looking to shake up the way we go about elected our politicians. Right now Wisconsin has a closed primary system. Voters must choose only one candidate within the political party with which they identify. If you are voting Republican, you select one Republican you want to represent your party in the general election. But this group wants to change that. Democracy Fund is pushing the idea of open primaries. Voters would select candidates for either party, ranking them based on their preference. It is called ranked choice voting. Voters would rank the candidates in order of preference, creating a series of instant runoffs until one candidate receives a majority of the votes. The top four finishes, regardless of party, would advance to the general election. Backers of the idea argue that politics in America is a duopoly, an industry of just two competitors. If you are not a democrat or republican, you’re going to have a hard time even getting on the ballot, much less winning. The chances of this idea becoming law seem slim. But backers are right. We need to improve a system that is frustrating for so many people.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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