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Republican House candidates nationwide won the support of 38% of independent voters in last month's midterm elections, VoteCast showed. That's far short of the 51% that Democrats scored with the same group in 2018 when they swept into power by picking up 41 seats.

Ranked choice voting has seen steady success in recent years. Nationwide, 62 jurisdictions adopted the voting method, including Alaska and Maine in statewide races and New York City for local races. Proponents of the voting method argue it leads to better representation of voters’ viewpoints and more collegial campaignings. Opponents say it’s too complicated for the average voter to understand.

Years ago, as an independent voter, I wasn’t concerned about the presidential election because I had little regard for either candidate. That’…

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