In May of 2010, Hawaii held a special election for its 1st congressional district. It was not preceded by a primary election, and there were three significant candidates:

The results? Djou, the Republican, won with 39.4% of the vote; Hanabusa and…


Why Statistical Evaluation of Voting Rules underestimates Approval Voting

Thomas Reasoner and Neal McBurnett contributed to this post.

When advocates of IRV (Instant Runoff Voting, a.k.a. single-winner Ranked Choice Voting or Hare) critique Approval Voting, their arguments often go something like this: Approval Voting may be great when there are low stakes and everyone votes honestly, but it is…


The existence of strategic voting within a voting method is often viewed purely as a downside for that voting method. “Strategic” voters are often compared to “honest” voters, wrongly implying that strategic voting is necessarily dishonest — and also implying that strategy is bad since we all know that honesty…


One of the most popular arguments for instant runoff voting (IRV or single-winner Ranked Choice Voting) is that it guarantees a majority. It feels very intuitive, since all of the plurality elections that make us see the need for voting reform lack a majority winner. …


What should the main objectives of voting method advocates be, and what are the important and interesting questions?

For single-winner elections, I believe the most important objective is switching away from plurality. The most interesting problem is deciding which of the alternatives to plurality we should switch to. Approval, score…

Marcus Ogren

I am an advocate of better voting methods which eliminate the spoiler effect, make third parties viable, and yield proportional representation.

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