Author: Of The People

It’s all in the math

Researchers at University of Aukland and UCSD have published proof that a negative vote would curb the influence of extremists. Cahan, D. & Slinko, A. Soc Choice Welf (2018) 51: 259. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00355-018-1115-7

Ranked Choice Voting is decoy reform

There is a new voting system that is sweeping the nation, but don’t be fooled. The term “Ranked Choice Voting” is itself just a marketing term for Instant Runoff Voting (IRV).

The irony is that Independents, who don’t understand Ranked Choice Voting, advocate Ranked Choice Voting, which is designed to eliminate…Independent candidates!

Plurality Voting (meaning whichever candidate gets the most votes wins) is flawed if ever there are more than two candidates. A third (or 4th, 5th) candidate spoils the election. Think Ross Perot, for example.

Ranked Choice Voting allows Independents to vote for Ross Perot, for example, as their first choice but also asks them for a backup (2nd choice). It’s sort of like asking teenagers for their list of dream cars, “but choose from these two clunkers just in case,” because those are the real choices.

After Perot – in this hypothetical election – gets eliminated in the first round, the next round in an instant runoff would be between just two candidates. It becomes a pure two-person race without the spoiler effect.

Additionally, each incremental Independent candidate will basically ensure that none of them will prevail, because in each round, they have to split the votes of Independent voters.

Lastly, according to the Center for Election Science, Ranked Choice Voting is also proven to increase ballot spoilage rates by more than 7 times the normal plurality voting rate.

So Ranked Choice Voting is great if you’re trying to quell the groundswell of Independent, middle-minded voters and cement the two-party monopoly. But that’s not what 80% of Americans want! They want to break the two-party monopoly.

Please don’t advocate for Ranked Choice Voting if you are an Independent voter.

40% of Americans (62% of Independents) think the two-party system is broken and want to disrupt the two-party monopoly

Independents comprise 65-70% of registered voters. Compare that to Republicans, who comprise 15% of registered voters (tops). Compare that to Democrats, who peaked in 2008 at 19% of registered voters. Yet Independents, people who do not affiliate with either major political party, have very little influence over American politics. This is a classic tail-wags-the-dog scenario. It is a “majority doesn’t rule” system.

Republicans and Democrats each only comprise ~15% of voters

Ask people this question: how many voters are comprised of Republicans or Democrats? Most will respond with “40%-ish.” Actually, Republicans have never comprised more than 15% of registered voters. Democrats – peaked at 19% of voters. But since we only have one vote, we must choose between extremes, so we artificially boost their results in general elections, and they say, “wow, look how many of us there are.”

America ready for Independent challenge to two-party system

There is a huge dissonance here: Americans are ready for an Independent challenge to the two-party system, yet they know if they vote for an Independent, it will HELP their least-preferred candidate. The solution is a negative vote.

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