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Utah Tests Out Preferential Voting, Eliminates Primaries

Payson and Vineyard will likely be the only cities in the state of Utah trying out a new form of voting, called ranked choice voting, for their municipal elections in 2019, after multiple other cities that had expressed interest ended up backing out of the new pilot program.

Ranked choice voting is a system that allows people to rank all candidates in a race from first to last. If a candidate receives more than half of the first-choice votes, they win the election. If no one receives more than half, however, the last-place candidate is eliminated. When a voter’s first choice is eliminated, their second choice is included in the count for the second round. That process continues until a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total vote.

Advocates of the system say benefits include obtaining a true majority winner and more civil races because candidates are trying to appeal to all voters, rather than just their base, because the candidate wants to be that voter’s second choice.

The concept was discussed at a Payson City Council meeting last week, with the council opting to stay with the pilot program. Payson Mayor Bill Wright said there will be a cost savings for the city, since ranked choice voting eliminates the need for Payson to hold a primary.


The Afterlife of Newsies

IMAGINE—JUST FOR A MOMENT—that Disney once made a musical about labor unions. The musical would, of course, need to begin by showing the workers in question, and so it would open by panning through the newsboys’ lodging house. Maybe the whole thing would feel like a kind of Playboy grotto for teenage girls—who are, presumably, the audience this movie would be targeting, though who even knows.

Link: https://thebaffler.com/latest/newsies-marshall

Fishers successfully farm crabs in estuaries, protect mangroves

Cruising the Arabian Sea’s azure waters fringed by green mangroves on the 121 km long coastline beginning with the coastal village of Vijaydurg to Shiroda in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, one can see fishing nets supported by long bamboo poles amidst the mangroves. The nets and poles stand testimony to crab farming, the local fisher folks’ newfound livelihood.


Chandrayaan-2 mission on schedule: ISRO

The second thing, she says, was while shooting many stories started to emerge from within the unit. “Oh! My cousin’s son is also like this. Or my neighbour’s daughter has a kid who is like this but they don’t know what to do with it. When the stories started coming out from within the unit I realised the issue is far more spread out and far more prevalent than we know.