Voting in this year’s city election has been an exercise in pure frustration, knowing that if I cast my single vote for the mayoral candidate that I really most preferred I would be increasing the likelihood that my least preferred candidate would win by a slim plurality. So I strongly agree with Nick Welsh’s column about the need to reform Santa Barbara election practices, both campaign financing and ballot reform.

But why call for a run-off election process when rank-order voting would accomplish the same thing without the added expense and effort of a second election?

I hope you will look into this alternative and throw your weight behind any efforts to get the change we need.


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