| Kalloli Bhatt | WMUK |

Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Royal Oak will decide Nov. 7 whether whether to adopt a ranked-choice voting system for their local elections.

Ron Zimmerman is with Rank MI Vote, which supports the proposal. He said when candidates are ranked, “They have to appeal to a much broader swath of the community, in order to not just get the first-place votes but to get the second and third place votes.”

We’re going to go statewide

Rank MI Vote is planning to introduce ranked-choice voting to more cities in the future.

“And then, eventually, we’re going to go statewide,” he says. “We’re hoping 2026. I mean, that would be an ideal target.”

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