One reason we have such terrible ballot access laws in the United States is because we use a voting method that is extremely sensitive to the spoiler effect
The Center for Election Science is doing a landmark polling study to learn what our elections would look like if voters had access to better voting methods. With your help!
This will be the first time Americans will have the opportunity to see how meaningful alternative voting methods can be. And it will be within the context of an election they can relate to.
Let’s be clear on something. The way we do primaries is bad. There’s the saying that imitation is the best form of flattery. No one is imitating us. No flattery going on. We’re just doing a bad job.
At The Center for Election Science, we’ve consistently spoken out against first-past-the-post, also known as the choose-one plurality voting method. And proportional representation deserves to be a part of that conversation.
CES recently handled the Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll, where Rand Paul topped Ted Cruz for first. And once again, approval voting demonstrated its superiority over the ubiquitous choose-one plurality voting.
We’re excited to be invited back to Free and Equal’s Voting Method and Election Integrity Symposium. If you happened to miss the symposium from last year, you can check it out in the video
A choose-one approach would cause respondents to focus on electability rather than the candidates themselves. Viability is never an issue when deciding whether to approve your favorite candidate in approval voting.
With approval voting, voters torn between Trump and the Republican nominee can choose both. Diehard Trump supporters that don’t distinguish between either of the two major parties can just choose Trump
With this direct ask approach, you’d limit the number of debaters, but you wouldn’t limit them arbitrarily. Candidates like Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio would still likely get in. A handful of others probably would as well, although it’s hard to predict using existing polling.