Dear Editor, 

I attended the Joint Corporations, Elections, & Political Subdivisions Committee’s public hearings in Sheridan September 2. My take on the boondoggle, boondoggle being used purposefully:

1. Comments opposing rank choice voting (RCV) included the position that voters didn’t get to evaluate candidates as they face off one-on-one as they do in our traditional elections. This means I am being forced into choosing between what I consider the dregs of the parties represented on the ballot. Candidate A is glib and promises fame and fortune to everyone. Candidate B has a recognizable name and hasn’t advanced legislation in five terms. Candidate C, my choice, thinks big picture and supports ideas I believe benefit the state. Candidates A and B have toed the “party line” and get on the ballot. Candidate C is an intelligent voice that believes a candidate represents the people and not the party. With rank choice voting, I have a reason to be involved in the political process and support her efforts as a candidate. I cast my ballot with hope that the cream will rise to the top. The current system in Wyoming leaves me two choices: vote for the candidate who will do the least harm or not vote.

2. A second argument against RCV was that it confused the elderly. I found that downright insulting, and I hope other elders do as well. The idea that RCV should be avoided so the elderly will still be able to participate intelligently is both insulting and demeaning.

Frank Pratt

Buffalo

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