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Petition Circulating Dealing With Elections

(Jefferson City) Missourians could be asked later this year to change the way voters select candidates running for statewide, Congressional, and legislative races.

A group called “Better Elections” is gathering petition signatures to ask voters if they support ranking their top four candidate choices of any party in a primary election.

The top four, regardless of party, would then move on to the general election, where the candidate with more than 50 percent would be declared the winner.

Scott Charton, with Better Elections, says this form of voting, known as ranked choice voting, would lead to a decline in partisan extremism.

The Missouri Republican Party says that form of voting sounds confusing because it is confusing.

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