Posted by Molly Rockett on March 24, 2016
In his latest article to CapX, Jim Pagels correctly identifies first-past-the-post voting systems as the core cause of plurality winners like Donald Trump in GOP primaries. He recommends alternative voting, also called ranked choice voting, to facilitate a majority winner and allow the party to consolidate around a consensus candidate with broad support. If the Republican Party used ranked choice voting in their all primaries a polarizing figures who do not reach a majority would be unlikely to earn the nomination. FairVote has also been analyzing how ranked choice voting would change the primary contests in our Primary Focus series which focuses on structural reforms to the process.