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.
Any academic will tell you that our choose-one voting method (plurality voting) is a terrible, terrible voting method. (There’s better.) In fact, plurality voting is so bad that it deserves its own top five list.
What if the award ceremony voting methods they use are so poor that we can’t know if they regularly snub the truly best candidates?
Please, internet, stop doing choose-one polls and use approval polls! It hardly ever makes sense to limit respondents to one selection. Use those checkboxes or allow for ratings so we can get online polling results that actually make sense.
Tuesday was typical. We saw low voter turnout. We’ve looked at the results from the congressional elections decided so far along with the standing seats, and we’ve compared who gets elected to how voters actually identify. Brace yourself. It’s bad.
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After successfully crowdfunding over $12,000, The Center for Election Science has delivered the first animated explainer video on Approval Voting
Center for Election Science: Center is one of few nonprofits in U.S. that focus on voting methods