A recent editorial by The Santa Fe New Mexican describes the importance of competitive local elections, in which voters have a slate of candidates from which to choose. Santa Fe is one of two New Mexico cities using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to conduct elections – the other being Las Cruces.

The New Mexican writes that candidates for city office should campaign on meaningful, specific solutions to problems that matter to residents, without being rude or resorting to negative mudslinging. RCV helps ensure more civil campaigning in elections because candidates must often rely on second and third choice votes in order to secure a majority win.

Read more on the Santa Fe local election and RCV and voter choice from The New Mexican.