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Instant Runoff System Best // Published October 12, 2008 in Oregon Live
An opinion piece by Douglas E. Schoen ("Close race increases the potential for spoilers," Oct. 5) did a good job of outlining the problem with America's system of voting. A viable third-party candidate will always be a spoiler in our two-party-dominated winner-takes-all system.

The solution is some variation of Instant Runoff Voting. Rather than casting a static vote, each voter ranks his or her preference (but still only gets one vote). If I choose a third-party candidate as my first choice and the final tally shows that candidate receiving less than 50 percent of the vote, that candidate would be eliminated and my vote would shift to my second choice.

In the end, the results are the same as if there were multiple runoff rounds of voting (hence the name "Instant Runoff Voting"). The result is that the candidate who wins has the support of the majority, and the will of the voters is most accurately expressed.

Now can we talk about the Electoral College? What a sham!


SATTIE CLARK
North Portland