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  •  I would prefer an Instant-Runoff system (6+ / 0-)

    Where the voter ranks the candidates in their order of preference on a single ballot, and the ballots are counted several times, eliminating the candidate with the least votes each time until a winner is selected.  See

    I think this would work well for primaries and especially for the general election, so folks could vote for a third party candidate and still know their vote would help their major party of choice if it turned out the 3rd party candidate wasn't viable.

    Can't never did nothin'; Can Do did!

    by susanWAstate on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:58:27 AM PST

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    •  The caucuses are kind of like (1+ / 0-)
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      Partial, non-instant runoff voting, where the lesser candidates are eliminated and their supporters have the opportunity to back other candidates.  Or at least, that's how the Democrats run things.  I am unsure what process the Republicans used.

      I favor an IRV primary that narrows the field down to two for a head-to-head general election.  One big flaw of IRV is that people will often not rank more than a handful of candidates, so a large field presents problems.  Use IRV to narrow the field down to a manageable number then let the candidates go at it.

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