Sunday, February 17, 2008

Caucus, primary and ranked choice voting

Ryan Blythen writes about his frustration with the current party system and how ranked choice voting is superior to our current system.

Our current system is rigged in favor of the Democrats and Republicans. Any participation by independents or minor parties is eliminated by the set of rules by which elections are run. In a system with more flexibility, voters frustrated with the Democrats and Republicans have more effective safety valves with which to participate in our democracy.

Ranked choice voting in Pierce County with its easy access to the ballot and the elimination of the "wasted vote" makes it possible for political activists who do not fit neatly in the current system to participate anyway.

For example, Ron Paul supporters who have been stiff-armed by the Republican Party can campaign for Libertarians and independents who support their ideas. They can do this all within a system which will not throw the election to the "greater of two evils."

1 Comments:

At 9:20 AM, Blogger jackson said...

Everyone in Washington may have the ranked ballot by 2010, if we can get Initiative 1001 on the ballot. We need 1000 people to fill fifteen petition sheets by november. No problem if we can get the word out. Please visit www.votehope.wordpress.com for petition sheets and other info.

 

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