I received a letter this morning. It’s regarding the recent switch from Majority to Plurality voting in the Delegate Selection Plan’s for many states’ Democratic parties.
In 2016 the Delegate Selection Plan’s used Choose-One manjority voting, which is basically a non-instant runoff process. Voters case a ballot, the last place candidate is eliminated, then everyone votes again, the last place candidate is eliminated… until one candidate is left. That candidate wins the first seat. Then you repeat until all seats are filled. There was a requirement that 1/2 the seats be filled by each gender, male and female. This process is long and arduous, as you can imagine.
In 2018 new rules were passed which require non-binary candidates to be included. This completely confused everyone, and so a decision was made to scrap the majority threshold and just elect each seat in one round only. Despite the fact that there are many voting methods which could speed up this process, find a majority winner, and also include non-binary candidates, this is the narrative that must be countered.
“So one of the topics that came up at last night’s rules committee meeting, was that Plurality elections better suited the need to accommodate non-binary delegates to DNC without harming the gender balance that the DNC also requires. It was found that Majority could also satisfy this but not as well, it would take multiple elections, and run the risk of possibly ending in a stalemate. As a result, at least 30 states are now using plurality to electoral delegates. So here’s the question I have for you. Can you consult with your experts and see whether STAR Voting makes sense for the election of delegates where you have to maintain some kind of a gender balance and still accommodate non-binary candidates?”