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  •  I wonder if they (and we) wouldn't be better off (4+ / 0-)
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    Lashe, Granny Doc, LynneK, SciVo

    I'd like to see us work toward Instant Recount Voting. Every one gets to rate the candidates as their 1st, 2nd. 3rd choice. On the first tally, any of the candidates that don't make that group have  that vote changed to the voter's #2 choice. This continues until one candidate has >50% of the vote.

    It allows smaller parties to get votes without the voter Nadering the election. Eventually we would be able to determine if the Greens were fielding better supported camdidates than the GOP. I don't think it would change fast, which could be fine. I just think more serious competition would help all the parties. There aren't too many democracies that only have 2 major parties. Or at least don't have some 3rd parties with a higher percentage of elected officials.

    •  We need fusion voting for viable minor parties. (1+ / 0-)
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      Granny Doc

      My understanding is that fusion voting is much more important than instant-runoff voting, except for Presidential elections. If a fringe politician talks a lot more about instant-runoff voting than fusion voting, that indicates lazy egomania to me, a desire to go straight for the top without doing the hard work of building up a party first.

      McCain '08: because a magical money fairy will keep us from having to tax rich people! And if you believe that, I have a country to sell out from under you.

      by SciVo on Sat May 17, 2008 at 12:50:19 AM PDT

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    •  Issue: Kenneth J Arrow's "Monograph 14" (1+ / 0-)
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      Granny Doc

      Kenneth J Arrow's "Monograph 14" is a formal logic proof that it is possible for majority rules elections to select the least preferred candidate.

      The thrust of it is that when you take the strength of preference into account, as this method does, it is logically possible to choose the person least preferred by the entire group.

      Since it's only a possibility that can happen under special circumstances, it may still be better than our current method. Still, it should be studied before such a change is made.

      If seniority equated to good judgment, McCain would be appointed president.

      by Juan4All on Sat May 17, 2008 at 06:03:19 AM PDT

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