After seeing Democracy Chronicles’ excellent kickstarter trailer for Design of a Broken System, and hearing John Amaruso’s smart ‘plea’ for electoral reform as the #1 overarching issue that will engender all the other major issues we face, I couldn’t help but come up with the following simple example (below) to provoke a thoughtful discussion on voting-method reform.
Thanks …and good luck with the documentary!
Let’s play: “What’s the best voting method?”
Instructions: Please answer the simple Question #1 before tackling the difficult Question #2
Three friends want to select one of thirty nearby restaurants that will most likely provide them with the greatest overall satisfaction as a group. What voting method should they use?
Three-hundred million people want to select one of thirty candidates who will most likely provide them with the greatest overall satisfaction as a collective group (the very essence of “democracy”). What voting method should they use?
If your answer to Question #2 is different from your answer to Question #1, please explain at what point (the precise # of voters in the electorate) that you changed your voting method, and changed it to what method, and WHY?