Approval Voting

Approval Voting

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How do we insure that our political system elects a president that serves the majority of American citizens, and not just half?

I believe in and vote for ideas, principles and character, not a party, because our two-party system — fueled by tribalism and fake news — has devolved into a poisoned institution that is like a badly divorced couple that demonize each other at every turn.

The campaigns, backed by enormous capital, have become killing machines that are not past doing anything to scuttle a candidate and the other party’s ship. They mirror the overall problems we have with BIG BUREAUCRACY in general with too much unchecked wealth and power, and when and where that happens, waste, cronyism, corruption, and fraud fester and grow in plain sight.

We can solve this by doing two things:

  • Abolish the electoral college and adopt majority rule again
  • Abolish plurality voting and adopt approval voting

Our current system of plurality voting means we vote for only one candidate. A system of approval voting would provide open access to the political arena for all deserving parties and independent candidates. An approval voting system allows people to vote for several candidates for an elected position, and the candidate with the highest number of votes is declared the winner.

Approval voting can become a check-and-balance against the cumulative abuses of the two-party system which is whipsawing our democracy in a destructive fashion.

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Approval Voting
by
Steven Brams

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