(5 comments) SHARE 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)
(1 comments) SHARE 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)
(8 comments) SHARE 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)
(17 comments) SHARE 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)
(5 comments) SHARE 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)
(2 comments) SHARE 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)
(2 comments) SHARE 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)
(4 comments) SHARE 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)
(4 comments) SHARE 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)
(1 comments) SHARE 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)
(3 comments) SHARE 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)
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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)
(6 comments) SHARE 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".
(5 comments) SHARE 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)