Problems with US Elections: Good & Bad Solutions

Submitted by katdopp on Sun, 05/23/2021 - 22:01

June 12, 2021.  WHY Rank Choice Voting [counted by the IRV method] IS UNSUITABLE AND Approval Voting IS GREAT. By John Howard Wilhelm. If we want to move away from our increasingly dysfunctional political system, changing our voting system is a necessary, though not sufficient, condition for doing so.  In thinking about alternative voting systems there are two important considerations to take into account.  First, does a voting system have a strong tendency to elect the most representative candidate given voters' preferences like Approval Voting, or to eliminate the majority favorite in round one like IRV/rank choice voting does?  And second, does it level the voting field for third-party and independent candidates?

Election Integrity Audits to Ensure Election Outcome Accuracy  By Kathy Dopp

The 2020 election was *not* stolen from Trump: This list of about 725 convictions for voter fraud and election fraud runs from the 1990s through 2022 year-to-date and appears to show about equal convictions among Democrats and Republicans.  The list is compiled and maintained by the conservative Heritage Foundation. Easy-to-read list with complete descriptions:  This document allows a word search so you can look up all "Florida" for example, or all "Republican" or all "Democrat" convictions.  Web page includes map and sortable list (can be refined by state, etc.) but you can't see the complete description unless you click on each incident:

Problems with Instant Runoff Voting, i.e., The Alternative Vote.  What is Ranked Choice Voting a very Bad Choice? - A Mayoral Election Example.  Instant Runoff Voting - Is it Democratic? An analysis of the Burlington, VT election. Instant Runoff Voting - False Majorities - Is IRV Fair to Voters?

short article in the February 1982 issue of the Notices of the AMS [American Mathematical Society] (see p. 136),

The AMS Nomination Procedure is Vulnerable to "Truncation of Preferences" This paper includes a simple example to show how, in the IRV method of counting rank choice votes, raising a candidate from last to first place can cause that candidate to lose--just the opposite of what a voter would desire--contradicting Cohn's claim (and also a claim of the American Mathematical Society before it switched to approval voting in 1990).  Professor Steve Brams shows how ANY higher ranked choice can hurt the chances of a lower ranked choice to win. Specifically, Bram's paper shows that a 2nd rank choice can hurt your 3rd ranked choice and cause your least favorite candidate to win. In general, any rank choice can hurt the chances of any later ranked choice of winning.

The 2004 US Presidential Election