Election Reform: Ranked Choice Voting

The 2 party system is divisive. The media compounds the division by going negative against the party it opposes rather than educate the voter, resulting in bad economic policies. Having just 2 candidates is a result of the ballot instructions to “Vote for only one candidate” as opposed to it reading “Rank your candidates in order of preference”. With our single vote, single round method, if there were 3 viable candidates, the opposition vote could split, creating an unintentional winner, but if the voter had 2 designations- choice 1 and a backup choice, that danger would be avoided. A preliminary round would be held and the candidate with the least number of votes eliminated. The remaining 2 compete on the 2nd/final round. 5 rounds for up to 5 designations would allow 6 candidates or ideally, the ballot wouldn’t have any names. The voters should not have their freedom restricted to choose from a list, the primaries and parties that form around the primaries wouldn’t be needed if the general election were truly open and the media would still game the 6 candidates.

The constitution gives the states the power to hold the national elections and voters can choose statehouse representatives who support change.

Ranked Choice is referred to as Instant Runoff on Wikipedia, but only one candidate would be eliminated each round and 5-7 rounds minimum will likely allow at least one broadly appreciated person with unifying policies.

Even if there was an open ballot, uneducated voters could enter all the wrong names and incorrect choices are made within the current system, so it’s equally important to address the huge deficit in policy knowledge.