| Todd Jackson | Roanoke Times |

This year’s Community Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Virginia Tech’s Lifelong Learning Institute, and the NAACP-Montgomery Co-Radford City-Floyd Co Branch will explore that option through the perspective of two voting experts.

The forum is Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Blacksburg’s Town Council Chambers. The event is free and open to the public.

Liz White, executive director of UpVote Virginia, and Caitlin Jewitt, assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech, will be the speakers. UpVote Virginia is a nonpartisan organization promoting ranked-choice voting as the way to improve the structure of our electoral system and better reflect the will of voters.

Increasingly popular

Ranked-choice voting was used this spring in Arlington in the Democratic primary, but the Arlington County Board decided not to use the increasingly popular voting system for November’s general election, according to the release. The Democratic primary was the first publicly run ranked-choice election in Virginia, offering a highly visible test for a voting system that’s been used in a growing number of races around the country.

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