Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who has become more politically active over the past few years, visited Maine on Monday to lobby on behalf of a bill that would expand ranked-choice voting to the state. Novoselic, who voiced his support of the controversial Citizens United, also discussed why he’s voting for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
“So you get this ballot, and you rank your favorite candidate as your first choice, your second (and) third choice and so on,” Novoselic said to the Portland Press Herald. Ranked-choice voting would allow for more candidates to receive more votes while eliminating concern voters have about supporting a third party candidate, he said, like the belief that voting for Jill Stein is the same thing as voting for Donald Trump, since it doesn’t benefit Hillary Clinton.
“If your first choice gets a majority of votes, they’re elected and the election is over. But if there is no majority, then they kick out the last-place candidate and they redistribute those second and third choices to the remaining candidates, and maybe that’s enough to get someone elected. It’s kind of like having a primary election.”
Portland, Maine currently uses ranked-choice voting for its mayoral races. The ballot measure would expand that primaries and general elections for U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, members of the Maine Legislature and the state’s governor.
Novoselic, 51, said that he is not considering running for office because it would require him to leave his home in rural Washington state for Olympia, Washington’s capital, or Washington, D.C. itself. The bassist also said that he hasn’t watched the presidential debates and doesn’t plan to view tonight’s Clinton/Trump showdown. “I would watch the debate if there were more candidates in there and if it was a lively debate,” Novoselic said. “We need competition in our electoral system.”
“If [politics] ever becomes dehumanizing, I’m out. I was in Nirvana, I meet people from all walks of life, and they love the music, and I’m not just gonna go out there for politics and dehumanize them for what they believe,” Novoselic said. “I think we should all come together as Americans and human beings and cherish this thing called life.” The bassist then railed against “our broken Congress and our broken electoral system.”
In a separate interview with Fox Business host Kennedy, Novoselic said that while he has issues with the voting process as it stands now, he does not believe it is “rigged,” like Donald Trump has told his supporters. “I’m gonna vote for Gary Johnson, and that’s the way I feel about it,” he said. “It just seems like the current rules give people incentive to vote strategically, to vote for someone they hate.”