Let's elect for a new election system
The idea is to familiarize ourselves with STAR voting or SRV (Single Runoff Voting). Hopefully you've listened to and enjoyed Episode 32 of The Sense and Theory Podcast where we discussed three distinct alternatives to our current voting model. Use this form to rate your favorability of each system and we'll come back to talk about the results in a future episode.
Ranked Choice or IRV (Instant Runoff Voting)
Instead of voting only for a single candidate, voters in IRV elections can rank the candidates in order of preference. Ballots are initially counted for each elector's top choice, losing candidates are eliminated, and ballots for losing candidates are redistributed until one candidate is the top remaining choice of a majority of the voters. When the field is reduced to two, it has become an "instant runoff" that allows a comparison of the top two candidates head-to-head. This is the system that led to wonky results in Burlington, however there is a "Condorcet patch" which fixes that specific problem
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Approval Voting
A single-winner electoral system where each voter may select ("approve") any number of candidates. The winner is the most-approved candidate.
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STAR or SRV (Single Runoff Voting)
In STAR Voting, the winner is determined in two simple steps. First, all the scores for all the candidates are added up. The second step is an automatic runoff between the two highest scoring candidates. In the runoff, your full vote is automatically assigned to whichever of the top two you rated higher.
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