The current voting system and two-party arrangement has left our state more splintered and disillusioned with politics than ever before. This has been reflected in nine of the last 11 gubernatorial elections, in which the winners received well under 50 percent of the vote.

Ending this trend once and for all is possible, simply by switching to a system of ranked-choice voting. This method gives the voter the power to rank their choices for an elected office and requires an instant run-ff should a leading candidate fail to receive 50 percent of the vote after the first round.

If you want to restore majority rule, level the playing field for all candidates and eliminate the need to cast a ballot for the lesser of two evils, then you must consider the benefits of this nonpartisan reform.

Daniel Menz

Cape Elizabeth