Let's found an organization to oppose IRV

Blake Cretney bcretney at postmark.net
Wed Nov 8 17:54:27 PST 2000

>Mr. Ossipoff wrote--
>Would anyone like to help me found a national organization to
>prevent the enactment of IRV in the U.S.?

Let's look at the recent American Presidential election.  You've
mentioned that you support Nader.  Now, let's say you want to explain to
a fellow Nader supporter why you prefer plurality to IRV.

Presumably he would say, that under IRV he gets to vote for his real
favourite, and still prevent the Republican from winning.  Perhaps, if
the Green party is effective in getting its message across, and voters
aren't afraid of vote-splitting, they could eventually win.  Under
plurality, people won't vote Green because they are wasting their votes.

In approval, he at least gets to vote his favourite as one of the
approved, but cannot vote it in first place without wasting the vote. 
So, for this voter, approval appears not as good as IRV.

But you're not even just claiming that IRV isn't as good as approval. 
You're claiming that it is worse than plurality.  How could you justify
that to your fellow Nader supporter, especially after the last election?

Blake Cretney

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