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Electoral changes could be coming to Eugene with ‘STAR Voting’ on the ballot

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In May, Eugene residents will see a proposal that could change how voting is done in the city. STAR voting is a system that allows voters to score all candidates on a scale from zero to five. The top two candidates with the highest scores will enter an automatic runoff election and the one with the most number of voters supporting them wins. If passed by voters, city elections for Eugene’s mayor, city council and utility board will be selected using this system for the 2026 elections. Sara Wolk is the executive director of Equal Vote Coalition and the chief petitioner for STAR voting in Eugene. She joins us to share more on what makes this system different from ranked choice voting and what its adoption could mean for the city if passed.

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