Pages tagged "Ranked choice voting"

Reasons to Reconsider Plurality Voting

Posted on What's New Cathy Le on August 18, 2010

Nominating contests for congressional and gubernatorial races often attract many candidates running to be the nominee for their respective party. When more than two candidates compete under a plurality voting system, elections can be won with only a minority percent of the vote and top contenders or ‘spoilers’ can end up splitting the vote, handing the election to a weak nominee.  

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Why the Condorcet criterion is less important than it seems

Posted on What's New Alec Slatky on August 10, 2010

A frequent criticism of instant runoff voting is the fact candidates who beat all others in head-to-head competitions can actually lose.  But if such candidates win all the time, there would be unintended consequences.

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Michigan Primary Results Reveal Flaws in Winner-Take-All System

Posted on What's New Cathy Le on August 05, 2010

The August 3rd primary in Michigan had several competitive races. In nomination contests for 15 U.S. House seats and the governor’s race, six of the winners will advance despite falling short of a majority of the vote in the primary.

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Australia to Hold National Instant Runoff Voting Elections on August 21

Posted on What's New Cathy Le on August 05, 2010

Just three weeks after becoming Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard announced national elections would be held on August 21, 2010.  

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Colorado, the GOP, and IRV

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on July 26, 2010

One major political party in Colorado sees first hand the weaknesses of our current electoral system.  Will they also see the solution?

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Why IRV Produces a Majority Winner

Posted on What's New Alec Slatky on July 12, 2010

A common criticism of instant runoff voting is that IRV does not necessarily produce a “majority winner.”  This criticism is misleading, and does not recognize the true meaning of a “majority winner” in any given election.

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Primary Runoffs Show Need for Reform

Posted on What's New Alec Slatky on June 23, 2010

Everyone can agree that the higher the turnout, the better.  But then why do we accept runoff elections where the winners often receive fewer votes than they did in the initial primary?  There must be a better way...

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Drawn Into the Fray: Thinking Outside the Single Member District Box

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on June 23, 2010

Since the foundation of our democracy, gerrymandering, or the strategic drawing of districts to somehow bias the electoral result, has been an important, albeit nefarious, component of American politics.  It is common, especially in census years, for voters to rail against politicians on both sides of the aisle for using gerrymandering to secure their own party's power.  While there is plenty of blame to go around, perhaps there is a larger problem lying underneath the surface.  Perhaps the problem lies in the creation of single-member districts itself.

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Low Turnout, Voter Fatigue, and Patchwork Primaries

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on June 10, 2010

Do marathon election seasons make for the best democracy possible?  Voter turnout statistics seem to suggest no.

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"Presidential Elections" in Cyprus: Part 4

Posted on What's New Amanda Naldjieff on May 07, 2010

"...And the Results Are In!"

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