Someone in FairVote’s forum asked for introductions and questions within the last few days. After my intro and link to my webpage, I expressed my new reservations about RCV:
I have recently learned of cases where RCV fails and voting for your favorite is the worst thing you can do. Also, a compromise candidate who leads with 2nd place votes could get shut out without enough first place votes. I would like this group to check these issues out. Note that RCV crashed and was repealed in Burlington VT. Of course, there are places where RCV excels.
Rob Richie 8:31 AM (13 hours ago)
to me, Ranked
Great to see folks sharing who they are and what they’re up to.
Warren, I wanted to say that every system has a paradox that can “look bad,” but some of those paradoxes have real-life consequences in how people vote and others really don’t. The “favorite betrayal” issue with ranked choice voting is the same with runoff elections, for example, but less likely and less prone to strategic manipulation - but runoffs are widely accepted as a reasonable method of election outside of the administrative and turnout challenges associated with them.
When you get into systems that really work in practice, ranked choice voting is right at the top It is used literally all over the world for major governmental and private elections and functions very well in highly competitive environments without being undermined by strategic voting. That cannot be said about other alternatives to plurality and traditional runoffs.
By the way, your overseas voters already cast ranked choice voting ballots in your federal elections that might have a runoff, like your special election for US Senate last November.
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