Saturday, October 25, 2008

Blogger likes Ranked Choice Voting

A local blogger writes about his voting experience with Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

"The weird thing was that our local elections were “ranked voting.” This forced me to actually look at all the candidates and really figure out who to put in the second and third slots. Basically, we all vote for our top three in order and the winner is the one that eventually gathers the most moss, er, votes as everything lumps together. In Washington we hate parties because we are founded on the grange system…the grandfather of the caucus kind of, I guess. We just don’t want to tell anyone what “party” we are, and then we have gone all the way to the Supreme Court to keep from having to do such a silly thing. The idea is that I can participate in the process for both parties, as long as I vote for one candidate one time. That’s about as simple as I can put it.

I really liked the ranked-choice voting. It did make me read more and make a few more phone calls before I filled out the ballot."

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At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Jesse Hill said...



A proportional representation alternative to R.C.V. is "Post-election Candidate Convention." Basically, the Saturday after results are certified [Nov.25], candidates meet in the county seat, or state seat, and meet amongst each other, and transfer votes until there is someone with a majority vote at 5pm...or at least a bigger plurality than they had at 10am.

No need for a primary, no restriction or disincentive from running...even if it's only to get 5% of the vote--that Libertarians like Kelly Haughton routinely get.

-jesse hill-
Tacoma, Pierce county, Washington State, U.S.A.



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