[EM] Raw Deal for Mayors, more unfairness than improvement
bartman at netgate.net
Thu Aug 8 22:15:41 PDT 2002
Craig Carey wrote:
> > Who opposes IRV?
> > Little organized opposition to IRV exists. Election
> > officials are understandably cautious about a system that
> > may increase their workload, and some incumbents fear any
> > change to the system that elected them. If you can win an
> > election under a plurality or runoff system, however, the
> > odds are that you would also win under IRV. The exceptions
> > are rare but can be important. Examples include several
> > recent House races in New Mexico, where Green Party
> > candidates threw races to Republicans, and state legislative
> > races in Alaska in which Libertarians and Alaskan
> > Independent Party candidates knocked off Republicans.
> > Some political minorities may believe that they can only win
> > representation in a plurality election. Such groups may
> > oppose IRV, but of course, in such situations, a larger
> > groups stands to gain representation by IRV.
> At their own FAQ they assert that it is also "rare" for the Alternative
> Vote, to produce a different result from the result that
> First Past the Post ("a plurality election") would produce.
Sure it's rare. Both systems give the parties and voters incentive to
focus their support on the top two candidates. It's counterproductive
to allow a spoilers to gain too much ground, whether in Hare/IRV or in
First Past the Post.
For more information about this list (subscribe, unsubscribe, FAQ, etc),
please see http://www.eskimo.com/~robla/em
More information about the Election-Methods