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This one tweak to our voting system could change everything

October 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Ranked-choice voting already exists in Maine and some large cities and is on the ballot in Massachusetts and Alaska. Lee Drutman and Anne-Marie Slaughter argue that widely adopting this small tweak to existing rules could help heal American politics.

Voters there will be deciding whether they want to conduct their future elections under new ranked-choice voting rules.

Under ranked-choice voting, you rank the candidates in order of preference.

If no candidate gets a majority of first choice votes, the election becomes a runoff, with candidates eliminated from the bottom up.

It is simply transferred to the voters' next choice until one candidate gets an actual majority of all the votes cast.

But under ranked-choice voting she could also choose a more progressive candidate as her first choice pick, and if that candidate is eliminated, her vote could transfer to her second-choice pick, Joe Biden.

In both cases, many Green Party voters would have selected the Democrat as their second choice under a ranked-choice voting election.

But without ranked-choice voting, a small Green Party vote bled the Democrats of crucial support in a very close election, helping a candidate who did not win a majority of the vote become president.

Under ranked-choice voting, more of these new ideas would enter the political conversation.

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