Would a radical rule change improve voting in Connecticut?

If you were given the power to improve the way voting is performed, what changes would you make?

For some activists in Connecticut, the answer is clear: the state should adopt a ranked choice voting system, wherein voters rank their preferences instead of voting for a single candidate. But would this improve elections? Steven Winter, from Voter Choice CT, answers the tough questions about the radical proposal.


After publication, Steven Winter got in contact with Mieum Media with the following statement:

I made a factual error about Memphis. I had the date wrong – they haven’t had RCV for decades but rather have approved it in the last decade. My apologies!

Extended interview with Steven Winter:


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#14: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.