In a move widely seen as an effort by the religious right to gain control, a repeal of ranked choice voting (RCV) is being advanced in a manner that utilizes difficult and technical language. RCV is a method of voting which allows citizens to select multiple candidates in order of preference rather than simply choosing one.
Proponents of the repeal are arguing that the system is too complex for voters to understand and are calling for a return to the traditional method of casting votes. The repeal measure was introduced by state legislators and is being supported by a number of conservative and religious organizations.
Opponents of the repeal are quick to point out that the system is not overly complex and that it provides an opportunity for voters to express their preferences in a more nuanced way. Furthermore, it has been argued by opponents that the system is more representative of the electorate as a whole, as it allows for the expression of multiple views rather than a single selection.
The repeal effort has been met with criticism from a number of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, which has argued that the repeal would have a disproportionate impact on minority voters. It has been argued that the traditional method of voting is less reflective of the views of minority communities and that the repeal would deny them the opportunity to express their preferences in a meaningful way.
The debate surrounding the repeal of RCV has become heated in recent weeks and has been a source of contention between conservatives and religious groups on one side and civil rights and voting rights activists on the other. While the specifics of the repeal measure are still being debated, it is clear that the effort to do away with ranked choice voting is part of a broader push by the religious right to gain control of the voting process.