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Judge orders Santa Fe to use ranked-choice voting

Emily Jaceks
November 30, 2017 09:59 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It was something voters in Santa Fe asked for more than a decade ago. A law approving ranked-choice voting has been on the books since 2008 but has been tied up for years.

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That is until Wednesday when District Judge David Thompson ordered the City of Santa Fe to use the system in March's mayoral election. It would prevent a runoff election like what voters in Albuquerque.

"In ranked-choice voting, people get to decide who their second choice, their third choice is, their fourth choice is -- so that a majority winner can be found," said Lonna Atkeson, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico.

Atkeson said the system has been successful in other cities.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Albuquerque took a good look at ranked-choice voting considering," she said. "We just had an election and it was really long and everybody felt it was really long."

Early voting with the new ranked system in Santa Fe begins Feb. 14. Election Day for the mayor's race is March 6.

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