Yes and No.Thanks Buzz.
I honestly don't have strong feelings about this either way. But, coming from someone who doesn't really care how this plays out, it seems that this change would mainly benefit those residents who do want to shoot two bucks. For those who only care to shoot one, they could just do 5 minutes of research and accomplish the same thing by putting down a 3rd choice that will actually be available to them.
Residents are trying to draw second and third choices but so are a lot of others which means some are going without. That leaves a fair number of Residents without a buck permit.
I've applied for areas many times as a second choice and was denied even though there are tags available for second choice applicants. Its also tough to predict odds on second and third choices because the odds tables only show how many applied for the second choice tag. It doesnt show how many of those second choice applicants drew their first choices...same with third choice.
I agree that research is key, its just not predictable at all compared to 10-15 years ago.