[LMB] OT: The franchise

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sat Mar 9 15:40:58 GMT 2013


On Mar 9, 2013, at 8:12 AM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:

> Indeed, Americans outside a few cities barely know that any voting system
> other than first-past-the-post exists at all.  I have seen explanations
> of party-list voting and proportional representation in American news
> articles, but never of electoral mechanics (except when they are corrupt).
> We are familiar enough with filling out/up forms that ask us to rank
> preferences between things, but using them to choose between candidates
> for office is something most Americans just don't think of.  Hence the
> flap when the Oscars switched this year to instant-runoff/preferential
> voting.

I don't know if there's a name for voting systems that require run-off elections when there is no majority winner.


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