| James Dawson | Boise State Public Radio |

The Idaho Republican Party wants state lawmakers to preemptively ban counties from using ranked choice voting in elections.

The push coincides with a bill introduced Tuesday morning in a House committee that would outlaw the practice.

The bill still needs a public hearing

Both Alaska and Maine use ranked choice voting statewide. Nevada voters could amend their state’s constitution to implement the method next year.

Several other local government entities across the country also use it.

Supporters of ranked choice voting say it ensures a candidate has a true support of the majority in crowded races.

The bill still needs a public hearing before it could go to the full House for consideration.

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