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95 Articles, 30 Quick Links, 1317 Comments, 12 Diaries, 2 Series, 8 Polls

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apples and oranges and..., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Contending with the NPV Dilemma Generally we can find some way, if not to solve a problem, then at least accommodate to it. This should be the case with the dilemma of defining what we mean by the national popular vote even when different states adopt distinct voting systems. This article proposes a possible such an accommodation.
Series: Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views), Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
We The People Light Brigade, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 5, 2022
The Second Interstate Vote Initiative When a new and better voting system is adopted, it will surely be one state at a time. But this is particularly difficult for presidential elections. Does this mean that for presidential elections we will be forever forced to use plurality voting?
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
The United States of the Popular Vote, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2022
The National Popular Vote Presidential elections present some special problems for adopting a different voting system. NPV only makes matters worse in this regard.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
US Constitution, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 11, 2022
Against the Partisan Divide A podcast about polarization is recommended and the topic developed as it relates to mouse traps and to voting.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
rebranding a bad idea, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Ranked Voting: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Initially intended as a review of past articles, this article goes a bit further by adding some perspective to the flaws of IRV.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views), Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views)
To Be Simple, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 4, 2022
'Tis a Gift to be Simple: One Man, One Vote Balanced Voting can be as simple as Balanced Plurality Voting and even that system is surely an improvement over plurality voting. Still, it leaves room for improvement and this article draws a comparison between BAV and BPV.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
The Decision, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 2, 2022
How Biased is IRV? Several earlier articles in this series have examined problems with instant-runoff voting, but generally the issues have been with the complexity of the system or how the vote tally might fail in some way. This article looks at IRV from the standpoint of flaws in how it collects the opinions of voters.
Series: Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views), Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
Balance Scales (Ethics), From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Voting Systems Without Bias The term "balanced" is explored and an alternative term is suggested.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 5, 2021
Proportional Voting and BAV Proportional voting and balanced-approval voting have similar benefits, but proportional voting fits better with parliamentary systems. That is a big advantage BAV has for the U.S. .
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
Dessert, From PixabayPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 11, 2021
Can We End the Two-Party System? Most articles in this series focus on one or two voting methods and this can be viewed as getting too much into the weeds. This article serves as a reminder that the ultimate objective is to improve our democracy by putting an end to the two-party duopoly. .
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views), Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views)
I don't understand it., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 9, 2021
Voters Need to Understand How Votes are Counted The number 0 is special in that adding in a tally does not change the tally; it is the appropriate number for representing abstention where a voter wants to avoid doing anything. This choice of 0 is not essential, but it does help voters to understand and appreciate even small details about how votes are tallied. Examples of why this is important are provided in this article.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views), Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views)
Plurality Voting inventor?, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 21, 2021
What is Right about Plurality Voting? Where did plurality voting come from? It's been with us for a long while.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views), Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views)
Balanced Voting for Notation, From Uploaded
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 6, 2021
Notation for Voting Systems The great similarity of both the terminology and notation shared by approval voting and balanced approval voting is explored in this article. The article also points out a sometimes troubling assumption behind some common notations for scoring voting systems that can easily be unnoticed. .
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
Looking back, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 31, 2021
Retrospective on Balanced Voting Three qualities needed for a good voting system have been identified in this series and this article reviews those important properties.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
Electability Raises its Ugly Head, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 5, 2021
The Perfect Voting System Strategic voting can occur using any voting system and people can be pretty inventive about it. In this article we take a look as how strategic voting might affect balanced-approval voting and we see that though it will happen, the damage will not be severe. .
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
Polls at a primary election, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 13, 2021
What is Wrong with our Primaries? We tend to think of primaries as just another election. But presidential primaries have some special characteristics that make them worthy of special attention.
Series: Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views), Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views)
One target at a time, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 2, 2021
Shooting Down Ranked Voting Systems Arrow's theorem tells us that no ranked voting system can sensibly be supported for use in elections. And there are an uncountably infinite number of ranked voting systems so it will be impossible to show what is wrong with each one. Still, we can show how some of the seemingly promising ones fails.
Series: Ranked Voting (22 Articles, 24308 views), Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 views)
1959 cover boy: King of the road, Jimmy Hoffa, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 25, 2021
Partisanship and Trade Unions Is the media and BLM missing an important ingredient in the behavior of police? This article simply asks this question.
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 (22 Articles, 24308 views), Balanced Voting (69 Articles, 78105 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 (69 Articles, 78105 views)

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