Would American history be different if the New Hampshire presidential primary used non-traditional ballot methods like ranked-choice or approval voting, instead of the usual single-vote-per-ballot, plurality-wins method?
That question probably hasn’t kept you awake much at night, but it generates frenzied debate among those pondering the ins and outs of voting processes.
We figured that we’d hack the system in a proportional representation system. By only having a narrow platform we could be much more honest than the other parties. Pretending to be able to run the country on your own is frankly dishonest. After the election all the smaller parties would just drop nine out of ten policies on the floor and they wouldn’t tell voters which policies they were going to drop. Nine out of ten voters would be disappointed; their heartfelt issues would not be considered.
St. Paul City Council Member Dave Thune weathered an extra round of vote counting today, winning re-election to a four-year term under the city's new Ranked Choice voting method.
With the federal government near default and all sense of civility lost in Congress and many state legislatures, winner-take-democracy has reached a breaking point. It's time to move to proportional voting to allow us to hold party leaders more accountable and create new incentives for cooperation.