Opinion: Top-two voting revives Oregon City candidate interest
I read with interest Mr. Wolf's Sept. 12 opinion article promoting Approval Voting as a useful addition to the recently passed top-two voting method.
I completely agreed with the "absurdity" of having multiple candidates for one position while a single candidate ran unopposed for another position. That had been a very common occurrence in Troutdale since position voting was implemented in the 1970s. In November 2020, Troutdale voters approved a council-submitted measure returning to top-three voting.
Mr. Wolf's interest in Approval Voting appeared to be based primarily on the large number of candidates, six who filed for this November's election. I did a historical review of Oregon City candidates going back to 2000, and found seven years when four candidates filed, two years of five commissioner candidates filing in each year and two years with three candidates each year.
I'm thinking the unusual number of candidates this election might be due to the adoption of top-two voting. New candidates in particular may now feel more comfortable not going head-to-head against another candidate, especially against an incumbent. An added benefit of top-two voting is that incumbents are running against each other.
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