Professor McDaniel Discusses Possible Impact of Ranked-Choice Voting in Maryland

Thursday, December 20, 2018

WASHINGTON POST -- But researchers studying the system in San Francisco, where ranked-choice voting has existed for more than 20 years, and in Maine, which has used ranked-choice voting for some local contests since 2010 and tried it for a congressional race for the first time this year, say the benefits of ranked-choice voting are limited.

“Changing the rules isn’t going to necessarily change the outcomes,” said Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University. “People should be aware of the limits and weigh those with the possible negative consequences.”