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  •  I've studied voting reforms a LOT. (0+ / 0-)

    For legislatures, you want some form of "party-proportional representation".  There are a dozen ways to do it, open party list, single transferrable vote, or the rarely used reweighted range voting.  It doesn't matter which you use.  You need proportional representation.

    For single-winner offices, like President and Governor, and for ballot measures, and for conducting business within a legislative body, there is no better system than Approval Voting.  (Well, Range Voting, a.k.a. Olympic Voting, is equally good, psychologically better but more complicated to count.)  

    Approval Voting is ridiculously simple.  Suppose you have four options (Jefferson, Lincoln, Stalin, and Hitler, say).  Everyone votes up or down on each option (I vote up on Jefferson and Lincoln, down on Stalin and Hitler).  Whichever candidate receives the most "up" votes wins.

    This guarantees that you get the result which is accepted by the largest number of people, which is what keeps a democracy legitimate.

    Unfortunately, a lot of voting reform groups advocate IRV, which is essentially useless (Australia has it for their lower house and has... exactly the same two-party system as we do.)

    Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

    by neroden on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 06:42:06 PM PDT

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