State Representative Diane Russell of Maine called for ranked choice voting in an editorial for Bangor Daily News this week. She wrote that ranked choice voting decreased mudslinging in Portland elections, where it is currently being used, saying, "Instead of debating who was more capable of winning, mayoral candidates debated their vision for the future of Portland. That's right -- we had a debate about ideas. Further, instead of throwing mud at fellow opponents who might share some of their views, candidates had to appeal to their opponents' voters."
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