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Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed M. Tawfik
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Ct NW
Washington, DC 20008
Dear General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Interim President Adly Mansour:
Would you like to see Egypt become the world leader in democracy? Would you like to see peace and prosperity follow for Egypt and its leadership?
Here is the simplest, fastest, no-cost way to make this happen: In your democratic voting procedures, to find the most-approved candidate who is the most generally popular with the most Egyptian people, simply remove the restriction against voting for more than one candidate for an office. This better voting method is called “Approval Voting.” It’s essentially the same voting procedure as you used before and with the same type of ballots, but just count all the votes.
Although Approval Voting is used by the United Nations to elect its Secretary-General, there are no countries in the world using Approval Voting (the entrenched political parties are too selfish to allow the increased, fair competition), so you will be the first.
Here is what you will get:
- Your voters will be able to approve of as many candidates for an office as they want.
- Similar candidates will not spoil each others’ chances (as happened in your first election, leading to a less popular winner), so many more qualified candidates will have a chance to win the Egyptian people’s approval.
- The winner will be the most generally popular candidate with the most approval.
- He will represent the greatest collective wishes of the most Egyptian people.
- Approval Voting can be used in Egypt’s legislative procedures to find the most-approved parts of lots of ideas in order to put forth legislation that will already be the most pre-approved.
- Compared to the single-choice voting method that you had first used, Approval Voting finds the best general compromises to promote the feeling for the Egyptian people that “We’re all in this together.”
- The current anxiety of polarized politics in Egypt will calm down. The army will not have to fight against its own people anymore.
- Peace will return to Egypt once the people are more generally satisfied with their most-approved leader and a common-sense legislative process, and prosperity will follow when the world sees that Egypt is taking a leadership role towards exemplifying the best and most stable democracy possible.
Egypt now has the most wonderful opportunity to set the best example for the rest of the world to follow for common-sense fairness, political efficacy and orderliness, and world peace.
Would you be so kind as to let us know if you will consider using this quite simple but most important and effective voting method—Approval Voting—for your next election?
Thank you so much.
With all our best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous Egypt.
Eric Sanders and George Sanders
The Center for Election Science
CC: The New York Times