Jonathan Carone wrote: ↑June 29th, 2020, 8:42 am
The solution he got to was ranked choice voting. Maine has instituted it state wide for elections. Other cities (San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, among some others) have put it in for local elections. It's been used across the country at different times over the last 100 years.
I would like to see ranked choice voting. I assume that would split the electoral college vote for each state as well? So like if Biden gets 50% and Trump gets 50% they split the states electoral votes in half?
It could be a great motivator to get people to vote in states that would be voting for a person who has no chance at winning. It disenfranchises those voters. Like a person voting for Trump in California is essentially a meaningless vote in the grand scheme of things, meanwhile a person voting for Biden in Kentucky is the same. Yeah their vote counts towards the popular vote, but it doesn’t really matter if their candidate of choice has no chance in their state.
It could potentially increase voter turnout and force candidates to have to care about every state in some capacity instead of basically ignoring states they have locked up that always vote one way or the other.
Let’s be honest, when’s the last time a Liberal candidate ever truly cared about campaigning or appealing to a voter in Mississippi or Alabama and when’s the last time a Conservative candidate ever truly cared about campaigning or appealing to a voter in California or New York?
They may care about them in other ways, but as far as caring about them as a voter, they don’t care, and that’s a shame.
I hate the modern Republican/Conservative agenda, but it’s a travesty of an election system when millions of voters every four years are faced with the prospect that their vote isn’t going to matter because their state leans so far to the left or right. Everyone should be able to feel like voting for the person who is going to easily lose their state is still going to have an effect on the outcome instead of it just being another number. Instead I’m sure many of those millions of voters come away feeling like their vote didn’t matter, and it’s only inevitable some of those people just say it’s not worth the trouble going to vote.
I’m sure there are some unintended consequences that will come about but on the surface it’s a good idea.