Hmmm… while I’m not necessarily opposed to RCV, it does seem to be overthinking a pretty simple thing.
But New York City could become the biggest city in the country to change this age-old system altogether. Starting 26 October, voters have the option of switching to ranked-choice voting (RCV). In this scenario, even if someone’s top-choice candidate fails to get enough votes, their vote can still count.
Advocates of RCV see it as an effective way to ensure a winning candidate has received a true majority of the electorate’s support. They argue that it may encourage candidates to run on platforms that appeal to a broader range of people, without any worry of splitting the vote. In an era when Donald Trump failed to win a majority of voters, this could change the way American politicians think of their campaigns.
Under RCV, voters can rank candidates, from one to four if there are four candidates, for example. If no candidate is the top choice of a majority of voters, an “instant runoff” takes place. The candidate with the fewest No 1 votes is eliminated, and their supporters’ votes will automatically go to whoever was listed as their second choice. The process continues until one candidate has a majority of the votes. Voters can opt out of ranking and vote for just one candidate.
>They argue that it may encourage candidates to run on platforms that appeal to a broader range of people
All it really means is more bullshit, lies, and empty promises from canidates.
“ All it really means is more bullshit, lies, and empty promises from canidates.”
Elections aren’t just a contest of people, they are a contest of competing philosophies. RCV in California saw conservatives shut out of their senatorial race.Maine saw a governor’s race flip from Republican to Democrat When They started counting the original losers 2nd and 3rd choices.
It’s the jungle “all-parties” primary and leftist dominance in California that shut out the GOP, not RCV. Maine, however, is exhibit A in why RCV is a bad idea.
If one absolutely must have a majority where none exists, let the top two candidates make their case after it is known who those top two candidates are.
The Maine D won with 50.89%. RCV played no role in the results. Facts still matter.
Another half truth from the Dummy of the North!
Well, at least a half truth is better than your sputterings.
You’re right Nord. It was their 2018 congressional election that saw RCV flip the results.
Sorry Nord, it was their congressional election that was flipped from Republican to Democrat by RCV.