Video: Insights from the VoteFair Guy about Election-Method Reform
We are stuck in a bad feedback loop that steals money from us, the majority of voters, while it financially rewards the biggest election-campaign contributors. Learn how these campaign contributors exploit our primitive elections using the money tactics of blocking, splitting, and concentration. And learn how better election methods are being hidden from us. Most importantly, learn the simple steps that will take us to full democracy and widespread economic prosperity.
Links to infographics in this video:
- Money Versus Votes
- Ballot with second nominees
- Full versus Partial Democracy
- Scatter plot with CI and IIA success rates
- Categorization of Single-Winner Methods
Scroll down to see the Map to Full Democracy infographic.
Here's a map that summarizes what needs to change to reach full democracy.
If elections were fair, what would change? The huge wage gap between essential workers and their managers in large corporations would be reduced. But instead of trying to do this by penalizing businesses that fail to pay the minimum wage, we should tax large businesses according to the size of the gap between the lower half of their employees and the upper half of their employees. A proposal to accomplish this change is presented as the Wage Gap Tax. Please take a look at this long-overdue reform.
If you live in Oregon please sign up to support the Ranked Choice Oregon ballot initiative, which will adopt an improved version of “ranked choice” voting for use in Oregon elections. It eliminates “pairwise losing candidates” and then, when an elimination round does not have that kind of losing candidate, it eliminates the candidate using simple “ranked choice” vote counting. This improvement avoids the mistake that was made in Burlington Vermont.
This new vote-counting method gives much better results than “instant-runoff voting” (IRV), and it's almost as easy to understand. Here is its description:
“Voters rank the candidates using up to 7 ranking levels (or 5 ranking levels if ovals are marked on a paper ballot and space is limited). During counting, each elimination round eliminates the candidate who has the largest pairwise opposition count, which is determined by counting on each ballot the number of not-yet-eliminated candidates who are ranked above that candidate, and adding those numbers across all the ballots. The last remaining candidate wins.”
Read more about Instant Pairwise Elimination (IPE)
And there is a “proportional” variation of this method called Representative Instant Pairwise Elimination (RIPE). We're overdue for RIPE elections!
Ending The Hidden Unfairness In U.S. Elections
Declaration of Election-Method Reform Advocates
Please read and “sign” the Declaration of Election-Method Reform Advocates! This document, which has been signed by election-method experts from around the world, clearly explains the unfairness of the election methods that are used in Democracies around the world.
Tax the takers more than the makers
If elections were fair — which they aren't because governmental elections use single-mark ballots — what would change? One change would be to make taxes fairer, simplify the tax code, and eliminate tax loopholes. A proposal that would implement such changes by increasing taxes for “taker” businesses and reducing taxes for “maker” businesses is presented as the Tax The Takers More Than Makers Taxation Reform. Please express support for it there. (Or read the original, longer version here.)
What are the “99%” and “Occupy Wall Street” movements overlooking?
The “Occupy Wall Street” and “99%” movements realize that money has excessive influence in politics, but they have not yet realized that the 1% easily outvotes the 99% because elections use single-mark ballots, and that this unfairness allows the 1% to take advantage of vote splitting that happens — either unintentionally or planned — in primary elections. The unfairness is hidden because single-mark ballots do not collect enough information to reveal which candidate is really the most popular, and because the winner of every primary election is always from the correct political party.
The way to solve this unfairness is to ban single-mark ballots from Congressional elections!
What's wrong with current voting methods?
We currently use primitive voting methods! In particular, most elections and contests fail to ask voters to indicate a second choice, third choice, and so on when there are more than two choices.
A fully fair voting method needs to ask: "In addition to your first choice, who is your second choice, third choice, and so on?" These secondary preferences can be collected on paper or on a website using 1-2-3 ballots like the one shown here — and the intelligent ballots on this website.
After you collect full preference information, how should it be used?
The preference information needs to be analyzed so that every preference of every voter is taken into account! Only VoteFair ranking does this.