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Would Balanced Voting Affect Your Vote in November?

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Would Balanced Voting Affect Your Vote in November?


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In this series of articles, a number of different balanced voting schemes have been introduced, with the theme that balanced systems tend to allow for better voter expression and that they promote multiple political parties in comparison to voting systems that are not balanced.

But this November, the nation will elect a new president and, at least for now, the major party candidates will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Green Party seems likely to attract some voters for their likely candidate who probably will be Jill Stein. For the purposes of this poll, let us assume these do turn out to be the candidates of the respective parties.

Fundamentally, what I would like to test with this poll is whether it would make any difference if instead of plurality voting (which in fact will be used), balanced plurality voting were used instead. I chose to test against balanced plurality voting, not because it is the best alternative but because it is the balanced alternative that is most similar to plurality voting.

As a reminder, balanced plurality voting is just like plurality voting except that the voter has the option to vote against one candidate as an alternative to voting for one candidate. Once more, we assume that the candidates are:

- Donald Trump
- Hillary Clinton
- Jill Stein

I would vote FOR my favorite candidate in either system.
Trump or Clinton will win so I will not vote or will vote FOR Jill Stein in protest.
I can't vote for Trump or Clinton, but given the chance I would vote against one of them.

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