As the City Council considers eliminating Burbank's primary election ("Burbank ponders dropping primary," May 18) let's think beyond a choice between primary/run off and general election and consider ranked choice voting as an effective alternative.
Reducing the current election cycle would save money. More importantly, it would reduce the campaign expenditures needed to be successfully elected. Given the increasing outside money in recent Burbank elections, reducing the pressure on candidates to raise money would certainly benefit Burbank.
In the traditional single general election, with numerous candidates the vote is diluted and perhaps only 10% of the vote is needed to win. This kind of outcome is really disturbing. Truly, one wants the assurance that the council members who are making decisions for Burbank are there because a majority supported them.