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I Think, or Sometimes not Enough, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Just Think about Runoff Voting IRV, sometimes referred to as simply "ranked voting" has gained considerable popularity. In this article we attend to some details about this voting system that perhaps have not been so widely noticed.
Series: Ranked Voting (15 Articles, 17945 views), Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Partisans, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 11, 2021
Partisanship Would more political parties improve our politics? People do argue both sides of this question. Trump's impeachment trials provide some food for thought on this question.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Tis a gift to be simple, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 5, 2021
Should Balanced Approval Voting be Simplified? In earlier articles of this series, the first criticism I offered against instant runoff voting was that it was too complex. Although there are other problems with IRV and more generally with ranked voting systems, it is a problem. BAV is much simpler to explain and to use as a voter. And BAV is much easier than IRV for those who tally votes. Still, it is worth re-visiting this issue of complexity, asking now about BAV.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
J.H. Lynch: Sir Winston Churchill, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 7, 2021
Is Democracy Worth Saving? In earlier articles we have assumed, without much explanation, that more political parties would improve democracy and that would be a good thing. Not everyone accepts this premise, however.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Spoiled Election, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 17, 2020
What Could Go Wrong With Balanced Plurality Voting? Evaluative voting systems are preferred for many reasons but one good reason is to avoid the spoiler effect. This is the message of this article, which also shows by example how the spoiler effect can take an unfamiliar form.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Paul Weyrich - Undertaker for the American Dream, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Can Vote Suppression be Suppressed? A promising voting system that applies a statistical approach is seen to suffer from a tendency to discourage voting. Modifying election procedures to help diminish this tendency leads to a way to make vote suppression ineffective.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
What happens to political consultants?, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 28, 2020
What Changes with Balanced Approval Voting? Following up on an earlier article that showed how BAV would undermine the two-party duopoly, this article explores what might happen afterward.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
HNL Wiki Wiki Bus., From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 27, 2020
BAV Now Appears in Wikipedia This article is a review of an entry that recently appeared in Wikipeda. While accurate, the article is terse at times and this article in Op Ed News is intended to clarify some of the points in the Wikipedia article.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Star, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 30, 2020
What About STAR Voting? STAR voting has recently been getting a lot of attention, particularly in Oregon. It is a system built on Score Voting by adding an instant runoff stage at the end of counting ballots. This article provides some observations about this voting system, along with a more detailed look at Range (Score) voting and a few words about Approval Voting and Balanced Approval Voting.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Sir Winston Churchill, From PixabayPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2020
How Electability Frustrates Democracy Three important features of a good voting system are that it should be logically complete, it should be balanced, and it should be evaluative. In this article we explain the importance to democracy of the last of these features.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Michigan House of Representatives.svg., From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2020
How Would Balanced Voting Help? This article is intended to give the reader a quick introduction to balanced voting.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
NorthAmerica1762-83., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The Electoral College One of the strongest reasons for adopting a balanced voting system is that doing so will undermine the two-party duopoly. Unfortunately, for presidential elections, the traditional plurality voting system in the Electoral College seems to present a barrier to this particular benefit. In this article we show that this should not be seen as an insurmountable difficulty.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Balanced Voting, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Approval Voting Fails to be Balanced This is a survey of past articles in this series that deal with the question of whether approval voting is balanced.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Red and blue pill., From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 20, 2020
Making Choices Deciding which voting system to use in elections is a topic of increasing interest. In an earlier article of this series, two criteria are suggested for making such a selection and this article argues for a third criterion.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)
Constitution of the United States%2C page 1., From WikimediaPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 6, 2020
Does the Constitution need Amending? The last few years have forced us to question the functioning of our government. Solutions to some problems appear to require tinkering with our Constitution, but others do not. This article presents some examples of each.
A Good Footing is Important, From MyPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2019
What Could be Wrong with Ranked-Choice Voting? This is a survey article for the purpose of collecting together all of the deficiencies observed with IRV in earlier articles.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views), Ranked Voting (15 Articles, 17945 views)
Borda-family members characterized by assignment shapes, From InText
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Older Ranked-Choice Voting Systems The popularity of IRV as an alternative to plurality voting is perplexing. Historically there are many other ranked-choice voting systems that seem, if for no other reason than complexity, preferable to IRV. This article explores those older systems, suggesting reasons for IRV's popularity. Some insight is gained but without really settling that question.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views), Ranked Voting (15 Articles, 17945 views)
An Abstract Model, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 8, 2019
Two Properties for Categorizing Voting Systems Two properties that may or may not hold for a given voting system are discussed. Being balanced is one of these properties and being logically complete is another.
Series: Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views), Ranked Voting (15 Articles, 17945 views)
Bill of Rights Pg1of1 AC., From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 26, 2019
Establishment and Exercise Most amendments to our Constitution come through changes in the interpretation of its words by the federal courts. The meanings of the words, so assigned, often drift away from their common usage. This article suggests such a change through a change to the interpretation of the word "religion".
Choose, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 10, 2018
A Voter's Quandry A voter is faced with making choices and the right path is not always clear. Should a voting system not strive to avoid making the choices difficult?
Series: Ranked Voting (15 Articles, 17945 views), Balanced Voting (52 Articles, 58112 views)

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