[EM] Might IRV adoption be inevitable?

Alex Small asmall at physics.ucsb.edu
Tue Feb 25 07:39:11 PST 2003

Venzke Kevin said:
> I wonder if the only reason IRV has more apparent
> backing than approval or Condorcet is because it would
> permit our present politicians to be elected even more
> easily.

I think most individuals who vote for IRV do so because they know
plurality is flawed and IRV is the only alternative they've heard of.  An
individual voter who supports IRV is an ally to those who support
Approval, Condorcet, and Proportional Representation, because the odds are
that he would be receptive to other methods if he knew they existed.

Even if IRV doesn't break the duopoly, if it enables third parties to
consistently poll 10% or more among the first-place votes, I think it will
prompt public outcries for Proportional Representation.  Although there
are differences of opinion on this list regarding PR methods, many people
here support some form of PR.


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