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.
Aaron Hamlin, executive director of The Center for Election Science, joins Modern Whig Radio to discuss approval voting — how it works, what its applications are, and the barriers to it being implemented more widely.
Remember that the major parties shouldn’t be the ones deciding whom Americans get to hear from. It’s not their Presidential debate. It’s yours.