The Washington Post

A pending election debacle


Regarding the Nov. 19 Metro article “City officials debate whether to switch to a ranked-choice voting system”:

D.C. holds no runoffs for primaries or special elections, which have lighter voter turnout, even when a surfeit of candidates is running. Without ranked-choice voting, D.C. could repeat the absurd result of the 1995 Ward 8 special election to choose a member of the D.C. Council, when about 4,000 voted on a ballot of 21 candidates. Eydie D. Whittingto­n won by two votes.

With many candidates on the ballot, few will know or support the winner. This leads to voter apathy and cynicism.

Trish Brown Savage, Washington

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