The ranked-choice voting ballot question that we Mainers passed last November makes common sense. Remember playing games as a kid, and you were the captain?

You chose your teammates in the order that you felt would most likely help your team.

Even though only one candidate will be the eventual victor for each office in the November election, the ranked-choice voting law empowers you to have a say in who is elected if your first choice (and even your second and third, etc.) doesn’t win a majority.

This will be especially useful when many people are running for the same office, as in the upcoming gubernatorial primaries.

Ranked-choice voting fairly mandates that the person elected has earned a majority of the votes cast, taking into account our opinions about many candidates rather than just the one at the top of our list.

Sam Saltonstall