The city of Santa Fe is preparing for its second ranked-choice election and the leader of a prominent local organization is asking officials to offer the public more information on how ballots will be counted.

Virgil Vigil, president of Union de Protectiva de Santa Fe, which touts itself as the city’s oldest Spanish cultural organization, recently sent a letter to the City Clerk’s Office that indicates the group believes many voters remain mystified by the ranked-choice system, first used in the 2018 mayoral election.

“It’s an anomaly,” Vigil said. “It’s something that people aren’t used to in the first place. It’s hard to change and when you put in place a system like this, people don’t understand it and it discourages people from voting.”

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