An election official displays stickers to hand out to voters at St. Jerome Church Tuesday morning. The stickers include Connecticut women who contributed to winning females voting rights. Yehyun Kim / ctmirror.org

Connecticut legislators heard public testimony on ranked-choice voting on Monday.

There are four bills introduced this session that would implement ranked-choice voting in the state on various elections: HB 5133HB 5087HB 5701, and SB 389.

Christopher Tohir, legal and policy analyst at Yankee Institute, said his organization opposes the bill.

“Many voters — busy with jobs, families, and other responsibilities — lack detailed knowledge about candidates. A RCV system amplifies this problem,” Tohir said.

Tohir also argued that ranked-choice voting has more room for votes not being counted due to the exhausted ballots phenomenon.

Teran Loeppke, organizer of Common Cause in Connecticut, supported the legislation. He said that ranked-choice voting motivates “historically disenfranchised voters to participate in American democracy.”

Loeppke also said that choose-one elections can cause harm by contributing to “toxic campaign cycles” and advancing a candidate in an election that does not have majority support.

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Jessica is CT Mirror's Emma Bowen Foundation general assignment reporter for the 2022 / 2023 academic year. She is currently a senior at Central Connecticut State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also works at her school’s newspaper, The Recorder, and peer mentored first-year undergraduates at Central. Jessica is a Connecticut native through and through.