Is ranked-choice voting too complicated? Utah lawmakers may let cities experiment with approval voting, too

Originally published on KUER | Politics & Government | Oct. 12, 2021

Utah state lawmakers may add approval voting to a pilot program for municipal elections. Right now, cities are only allowed to try out ranked-choice voting — which lets voters choose candidates in order of preference. If no one gets a majority of votes, the person with the fewest is eliminated. The process continues until there’s a winner.

With approval voting, people mark which candidates they’d be OK with being elected. The candidate that receives the most votes wins.

Davis County Clerk/Auditor Curtis Koch said that method is a lot simpler and that’s particularly important in a time when there’s so much skepticism about election security.

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