I floated the idea of getting the IRV propagandists to push for using IRV or STV for the House, and a cardinal method for Senate. (Or vice versa.) The response was that ordinal ballots require a 1 for favorite while in cardinal methods a 1 is pretty bad.
But can this be made to work? Examples:
- The Score/STAR voter is asked to fill in up to 5 star icons. No numbers are provided.
- Vulnerable to Fraud
- IRV is done with top 3 only, and they are labeled “Primary”, “Backup”, and “Second Backup”.
- Only works with IRV, not STV
- IRV/STV gives a list of names or initials, and voters must write the candidates in order, like below.
- Handwriting Issues
Sample Below The Line Type 3 Ballot
The candidates are:
Rank some or all candidates.
3 winners will be chosen.
(Roosevelt is ranked first. The two // rows are intentional blanks. In theory, someone could fraudulently add candidates into blank rows. This would be more damaging if someone bullet voted. There would normally be 7 clear rows to write one candidate in each of, but I could not get such to display.)