The Washington Post Sunday

Ranking Democrats by choice

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Regarding Ronald A. Klain’s Dec. 12 Wednesday Opinion column, “A crowded field will help Democrats”:

I wholeheart­edly agree that it must be the voters — not pundits or superdeleg­ates — who choose the next Democratic nominee for president. But, when the primaries take place, it would be beneficial to use ranked-choice or range voting. These options yield more informatio­n on people’s preference­s — not only who everyone’s first choice is but also the second or third choice, etc.

It could be that someone who is the first choice of only a few could actually garner the most votes across the entire population of Democrats. It is that person, with the broadest support, who should get the nomination.

Nancy O’Hagan, Portland, Maine

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