| Caitlin Byrd | Post and Courier |

Andrew Yang, a popular 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, will be back in South Carolina later this month joining 11 organizations that support overhauling the U.S. electoral process by moving to ranked-choice voting.

Yang will rally at the Statehouse steps in Columbia on Jan. 23 to support a system that allows voters to rank their first, second and third choice of candidates in elections.

Temper the polarization…

Yang, who left the Democratic Party last year after unsuccessful bids to become the party’s 2020 presidential nominee and mayor of New York City in 2021, is one of the rally’s confirmed speakers, according to a Jan. 3 news release.

He has since gone on to found the Forward Party, pitching it as a moderate alternative to the two major parties. He has also become a vocal supporter of ranked-choice voting, arguing he views it as a way to temper the polarization happening in American politics.

An exit poll of Alaskans after their 2022 primary election found that 85 percent found the system “simple” to use, and 62 percent preferred the new voting system.

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