A surge of absentee ballots during last year's election led to concerns that a larger percentage of mailed ballots could be rejected for arriving past the deadline, not having a voter's signature or some other reason. Those fears never materialized.
Voters in Benton County approved ranked choice voting for county races in 2016, and it was utilized for the first time in the 2020 election. Now, voting rights advocates want to expand ranked choice voting statewide in upcoming elections. We speak to Blair Bobier, one of the chief petitioners for Benton County’s ranked choice measure, and Samantha Gladu, executive director for Next Up, a nonprofit devoted to promoting civic engagement.