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*AGAINST* VOTES SEPARATE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN GEORGIA RUNOFFS

FOR RELEASE ON DECEMBER 21, 2020 Contact: Mike Shannon, Balanced Ballots Int.
Phone: 312-399-2127
Email: [email protected]

*AGAINST* VOTES WIDEN MARGIN BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN GEORGIA RUNOFFS

However, Democrats would not be able to claim majority “mandate”

  CHICAGO, IL December 21 —In a poll of registered voters performed exclusively by Voter Roll Call on behalf of Balanced Ballots Int’l and Negative Vote Association in the State of Georgia, results indicate the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff would gain a 5% net margin in the pivotal runoff contests to take place on January 5, 2021.   In this hypothetical tally, the impact of voters’ right to express disapproval would help boost both Democratic candidates. The Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff would best the incumbent David Perdue 25% to 20%, and Rev. Raphael Warnock would prevail over Kelly Loeffler by a margin of 24% to 20%. These percentages represent the likely net of the YES votes for and the NO votes against each candidate.   “These results are illuminating and demonstrate that election outcomes are more a function of voter options (or lack thereof) than the candidates themselves,” said Mike Shannon, a volunteer for Balanced Ballots Int’l.   “Whether the NO vote is in lieu of or in addition to the YES vote, the long-term effects are comparable. To prevail as a candidate, you’re not going to want to be a partisan firebrand,” he said, also noting that voters can already vote YES for or NO against judges. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”   Detailed crosstab results of the Voter Roll Call poll can be viewed here: http://www.voterrollcall.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=253b24f6-c72b-47f8-82bf-bdbf07d25b98   Summary charts are available on Page 2 of this Press Release   As part of the poll, Voter Roll Call also asked registered voters if the concept of voting directly against candidates appealed to them. 54% of 18-34 year-olds approved. Across all age groups and demographics, only 25% did not approve of the voting method, to which Mr. Shannon replied, “It is their fundamental human right to disapprove.”   Note: In the fall, Rand Corporation conducted a similar poll for the 2020 Presidential race in 12 swing states and found that, given the right to vote directly against a candidate, voter participation would have increased in those 12 swing states by approximately 3.4% (about one million more voters). Those results can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BalancedBallotAmerica/permalink/1057109768084203/   ###   Balanced Ballots, Int’l is a loosely affiliated group of global advocates for the rights of voters to express disapproval of their least-preferred candidate(s).   If you would like more information about this topic, please call Mike Shannon at 312-399-2127, or email [email protected]

Calling on Balanced Ballots to break the two-party duopoly

Future candidates would be forced by the math to moderate their positions toward compromises in order to avoid the wrath of our thumbs-down votes.

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.

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