News flash: almost 400,000 of Maine’s citizens voted last fall to implement ranked-choice voting within the state in 2018. Now, opponents are trying to delay or stop the law from going into effect.

To what end? The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting followed the proper process to get their initiative on the ballot, which an actual majority of Maine’s voting residents supported. In this scenario, everyone played by the rules.

What’s the point of teaching our children to follow the rules if not everyone plays fair? What’s the point of following the rules if it doesn’t actually provide an avenue for change?

In the last four decades, not one of Maine’s governors was initially elected by a majority rule of voters. It’s time for a change.

Ranked choice voting won’t solve all our state’s problems, but it’s a great place to start. Without it, we risk subjecting ourselves to another buffoon of a governor.

Emily Eschner

Portland