Ryan Nurse from Great.com interviewed Fairvote as part of their 'Great.com Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.
Every election cycle, we hear controversy about politicians playing the system, cancelling out opposition votes, spreading false rumours and generally doing anything they can to win. Deb Otis discussed the importance of a more representative voting system.
The Advantages Of Ranked Choice Voting
There are many problems with our current electoral system. Deb explained that in a two-horse race, there’s a natural spoiler effect; a third party that isn’t as popular as the main two can end up harming the chances of the main candidate they are more aligned with by splitting their natural voter base. This allows a candidate to win who the majority might dislike and encourages us to vote tactically and cynically rather than for the candidate we most support.
Another problem is gerrymandering. This is where a government redraws local election boundary lines to dilute opposition support and carve out ‘safe’ counties for themselves. Officials representing these areas are held less accountable because they can rely on practically frictionless reelection.
Ranked choice voting allows the public to express their real preferences in order without worrying about inadvertently electing a candidate they dislike. It ensures that no citizen is dissuaded from voting because they live in a county where their favourite choice ‘has no chance’. In short, it represents what people want far better than a winner-takes-all system.
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