ElectionMethods at VoteFair.org
Sun Dec 2 17:23:36 PST 2012
On 12/2/2012 11:50 AM, Michael Ossipoff wrote:
> Voting system reform can only happen as part of a larger package of
> improvements that will come by electing a non-Republocrat party to
> office. Preferably a progressive one. That would be the Greens, the
> most winnable progressive party. FairVote says that the LIbertarians,
> like the Greens, favor IRV.
The Green party _claims_ to support IRV. Yet they do not use it to
elect their internal party delegates. And I haven't heard of the Green
party putting any effort into using IRV in their primary elections.
If they -- or any party -- did use IRV, then I and many other voters
would support more of their candidates.
> So then, how can we get a better voting system? Vote for the Green
> nominee in every official public election, starting with the next one.
Michael also had what I think is a better idea: vote for a third-party
candidate for Secretary of State. For clarification, Secretary of State
is the official who handles a state's election. Such votes would
hopefully express a desire for election reform.
FYI, about a year ago I met the Green-party candidate here when he
attended a presentation I gave, and I voted for him in the last
election, and I expressed support for him on a progressive online
resource (even though he prefers IRV). He got 3 percent of the vote,
which is about twice what each other third-party Secretary of State
candidate in that election got.
I also agree with Kristofer's statement about usage being very
important. People need to try something on a small scale before they
are comfortable with trusting it at the large scale. Where will that
happen? More importantly, _when_ will a U.S. third party wake up and
adopt better ballots and a better counting method for electing party
officials, the way the Pirate parties already do?
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