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Wed December 29, 2010
Incoming lawmakers call for run-off elections
By IAN DONNIS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two incoming Republican lawmakers say the state should hold runoff elections if a winning candidate gets less than 50 percent of the vote.
Representatives-elect Michael Chippendale and Patricia Morgan say they'll push for a constitutional amendment to require the run-off elections. They say they're motivated by 12 races this year in which the winner got less than 50 percent of the vote. Chippendale says those include the campaigns for governor, attorney general, and three each for the House and Senate.
"So now people start to feel as if, why should I go out and vote? My vote doesn't matter," Chippendale says.
Chippendale says the concept for runoff voting faces an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, but that supporters will continue to make their case.
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