[EM] How would you fix California's top two primary?

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Tue Jan 10 21:43:05 PST 2017

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 6:56 PM, Kristofer Munsterhjelm wrote:

> because it's
> better than just picking two Approval winners right out.

You *should* pick the top two Approval (or Score) winners to go to the
run-off.  This isn't proportional representation.  The goal of a
single-winner election is to find the candidate who most closely matches
(the entirety of) the population.  If there has to be a runoff, then it
should be between the two people who are most liked, because they are
closest to the centroid of the population.  This means they will likely be
moderates from the same party, and that's a good thing because that's where
the average voter leans, too.  Then voters can then choose between the two
based on hairstyle or whatever.
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