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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Range Voting Explained

The crucial characteristic of any voting system should be that it accurately voices the will of the people. Current systems of voting in the USA and elsewhere do a suprisingly poor job at this. There's no conspiracy at work here - the flaws in our voting system are fundamental, and, as I will show, lead inevitably to more extreme and partisan officeholders than we the people would actually prefer.

Fortunately, there is a fix - it's called range voting. Range voting is a simple and fair voting system that doesn't suffer the problems of cynical/strategic voting and the "Arrow's Impossibility Theorem" paradoxes of other voting systems.

~ For a superb introduction to and explanation of range voting, click this link.

~ For a good article about our current 2 party system, different voting systems including range voting, and other refereshing topics, click here.
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3 comments:

BROKEN LADDER said...

Score Voting (aka Range Voting) is not immune to strategic voting by any means.

http://rangevoting.org/HonStrat.html

Deborah said...

Agreed: however, any attempt to break the stranglehold of two party duopoly should be explored, don't you think?
DJY

BROKEN LADDER said...

Absolutely. I've authored/co-authored several pages on RangeVoting.org arguing exactly that.