On Election Day, I will vote “yes” on Question 5 to adopt ranked-choice voting in Maine.

If enacted, ranked-choice voting will allow voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference. Australia and Ireland already have ranked-choice elections; so has the city of Portland.

The result is less negativity in campaigns, and election outcomes that represent the preference of a majority of voters. We will be able to vote our conscience and not worry about spoilers or voting for the lesser of evils.

With this change in balloting, voters will rank candidates for governor, Congress and the Legislature, starting with primaries. Imagine primaries that produce candidates who are smart, experienced and able to get things done, not just the most ideological candidates on the party fringes.

Our elections will be more enlightening and our elected officials more ready and able to govern. Vote “yes” on Question 5.

Robert Moore