Voting reform is one of those topics that geeks just love; frustrated as all get-out by the messy human realities of legislating and politics, they’re convinced that tinkering with the inputs will improve the output, as if democracy was a signal generator. I don’t think so, personally, but it’s a fun topic that I’ve written about many times.

There’s a local-ish angle this year: A ballot initiative in Maine would establish ranked-choice voting (pick more than one candidate and give them different weights) for some races.The Portland Press-Herald, Maine’s biggest newspaper, has supported it, and has a good roundup of coverage that you can check out right here.

Among the things you;’ll find in their stories: Krist Novoselic, former bassist for Nirvana, is a big supporter.

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