Meeting #2 – Voting Methods

Take Back Elections Looks at Various Voting Methods

Take Back Elections is examining the best voting methods to provide more fairness in our elections. We have been studying and examining these following:

  • First Past the Post (FPP)/ Plurality. We have added FPP with Majority (51% or another number required!) to look at with run-off later.
  • Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) or Instant Run-off Voting (IRV)
  • Range or Score Voting
  • Approval – a less expressive, simpler version of Range or Score

There are other possible methods. We feel any method MUST be able to be hand-countable! Thus our second meeting was a very brief over-view of these popular methods, with a focus on a hand-count demonstration.

We focused on Ranked Choice Voting in this meeting with an eye to the ability to hand-count. We easily found the difficulty and challenge of counting RCV in a 20-ballot, multi-race demonstration count. We point out that RCV cannot be hand-counted at the poll or precinct levels because if there is no way to know if there is a 51% clear winner in the first choice run-off unless you have all the ballots together and counted for a given race. Even in local races, ballots could never be hand-counted at a poll for a final hand tally, per poll, before the ballots leave any poll. This is a security feature, an onsite poll hand-count.

There will be another group meeting before a final recommendation for a specific method of voting is decided.

Please give us your comments and ideas below the blog! Sign up for our working groups! Donate, if you can, for our long-term work and see if you live in a ballot initiative state and sign up to help us out in that or another state on the state teams page!

Many thanks!!!!

Monta Welch

Take Back Elections.org

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Profile photo of Adria Ross

    While Ranked Choice Voting seems to be a popular “buzzword” of late, the REALITY (as demonstrated here in this meeting) is that, were we to use this voting method, we would NOT be able to conduct a hand count and instead would be forced to rely upon machines. It should go without saying, but I’ll mention it anyway, that it would also be impossible to conduct a hand counted audit of any complex ballot or large precinct. Idk who is pushing this voting method so hard, or why, but it seems to have a lot of money behind the campaign and fails to properly explain these VERY critical flaws. I do wish people would better inform their opinions before they go around parroting what some organization told them. This is one of the reasons I very much appreciate TBE- because we are encouraged to do our due diligence in vetting all of these different aspects in order to find the best methods and practices. IMO RCV is not a viable voting method option for the aforementioned reasons, and other additional reasons as well.

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