The November 2022 election

veni vidi vici

Omne quod audimus est opinio, non res. Omnia videm
6,005
1,286
.

E3968E04-5A0D-4FEF-95D3-5AAFCA4167AF.jpeg
 

Bus Driver

Bacon Quality Control Specialist
Love the fact that a system that clearly does not allow the most popular candidate to win in the general election is ok when a dem wins in a solid red state.
Love the fact that the citizens of Alaska made their voices heard in how they hold elections.

Some folks want to allow the legislature to override the will of the people.

Who would argue such a thing is a good idea?

Oh, right. You.
 

badlatitude

Super Anarchist
31,374
6,039
Love the fact that a system that clearly does not allow the most popular candidate to win in the general election is ok when a dem wins in a solid red state.
The most popular candidate did win. Had it been a race between Peltola and Begich, Begich might have won, but that wasn't the race. So instead, Palin took votes from Begich, where voters would have voted for Begich if Palin had stayed out of the race.

Palin had more first choice votes than Begich, so in a traditional race, she could have won a primary but would have lost in the general, which is what happened. People that would have voted for Begich voted for Peltola when he was no longer in the race, and Peltola won.
 

SloopJonB

Super Anarchist
70,211
13,341
Great Wet North
It's called being a "spoiler".

Perot is one of the more famous ones - Bush the Greater would have won handily over Clinton if not for Perot sucking up 19% of the votes.
 

Fah Kiew Tu

Curmudgeon, First Rank
10,444
3,514
Tasmania, Australia
Wrong the system is flawed, because the most popular candidate, with the voters did NOT win, but can be fixed. From the Washington post

WaPo


The way Alaska uses ranked-choice voting also caused the defeat of Begich, whom most Alaska voters preferred to Democrat Mary Peltola, the candidate who ended up winning

Here’s how to fix the flaw. If Alaska eliminated the candidate with the fewest total votes, rather than the fewest first-place votes, the ranked-choice system would be sure to elect a candidate such as Begich who defeats all rivals in one-on-one matchups.


Call it a “Total Vote Runoff.” A candidate’s total votes in such a system would be determined by the number of other candidates he or she is ranked above. For example, when a candidate is ranked first on a ballot in an election involving three candidates, then this first-choice candidate is ranked above two other candidates and gets two votes from this ballot.

That's not how the system works.

What you call ranked choice is the same as preferential voting in Australia. It's a FAR fairer system than 'first past the post'.

The reason you don't like it is because your candidates are likely to do poorly under such a system. That doesn't mean it's unfair though, just that you can't find candidates that can attract over 50% of the vote and want to settle for a lesser number.

FKT
 

Olsonist

Disgusting Liberal Elitist
30,059
4,593
New Oak City
Love the fact that a system that clearly does not allow the most popular candidate to win in the general election is ok when a dem wins in a solid red state.

In the general election, Peltola came in first and she came in first by a country mile, 48.8 to your girl’s 25.7 and your boy’s 23.3. What you’re actually saying is that a Republican could have been elected in the Alaska House election at some point in time with this one neat trick:

Here’s how to fix the flaw. If Alaska eliminated the candidate with the fewest total votes, rather than the fewest first-place votes, the ranked-choice system would be sure to elect a candidate such as Begich who defeats all rivals in one-on-one matchups.​

Considering your one neat trick, written by a Republican state solicitor general, why did your boy slip to an embarrassing third and get eliminated in the general by the electorate passed ranked choice system? Why did my girl improve to first by the aforementioned country mile?

Oops.

 
Last edited:

Olsonist

Disgusting Liberal Elitist
30,059
4,593
New Oak City
This reminds me of a Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy quote (which I've quoted before):

The G'Gugvuntts were a race of beings who had war declared on them by the Vl'Hurgs, as a result of Arthur Dent's voice reaching them through a freak wormhole. Although he said the apparently innocuous "I seem to be having this tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle," in the Vl'Hurg tongue this was the worst insult imaginable.​
The two races fought for millions of years until they realised that the insult had originated on Earth, and combined forces to attack it. Unfortunately, due to a terrible miscalculation of scale, the entire fleet was eaten by a small dog.​
 

justsomeguy!

Super Anarchist
6,352
1,359
shithole countries
This reminds me of a Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy quote (which I've quoted before):

The G'Gugvuntts were a race of beings who had war declared on them by the Vl'Hurgs, as a result of Arthur Dent's voice reaching them through a freak wormhole. Although he said the apparently innocuous "I seem to be having this tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle," in the Vl'Hurg tongue this was the worst insult imaginable.​
The two races fought for millions of years until they realised that the insult had originated on Earth, and combined forces to attack it. Unfortunately, due to a terrible miscalculation of scale, the entire fleet was eaten by a small dog.​
Gonna have to re-read that.
 

The Joker

Super Anarchist
8,415
752
World of Shit
Wonder why @The Joker is avoiding this thread?
As someone said there is life outside PA. in my case it was a long road trip coming home from a family holiday. Oh and I have another 10 hours today. So not avoiding simply engaged in something else. Some of you could use some time away.
As to ranked voting just look who supports it Unions and George Soros - manipulating elections is only bad when the right is accused of it.

Ranked choice


Local backers include teachers and labor unions, the NAACP’s Portland Branch, Urban League of Portland, League of Women Voters and Multnomah County Democrats.
Nationally, ranked-choice voting has some powerful and wealthy backers. One of the main organizations advocating for RCV elections is the FairVote, a Takoma Park, Md.,-based group.
FairVote financial backers include groups aligned with progressive financier George Soros, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Tides Foundation. Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang also serves on the board of FairVote’s political advocacy arm.
 

badlatitude

Super Anarchist
31,374
6,039
As someone said there is life outside PA. in my case it was a long road trip coming home from a family holiday. Oh and I have another 10 hours today. So not avoiding simply engaged in something else. Some of you could use some time away.
As to ranked voting just look who supports it Unions and George Soros - manipulating elections is only bad when the right is accused of it.

Ranked choice


Local backers include teachers and labor unions, the NAACP’s Portland Branch, Urban League of Portland, League of Women Voters and Multnomah County Democrats.
Nationally, ranked-choice voting has some powerful and wealthy backers. One of the main organizations advocating for RCV elections is the FairVote, a Takoma Park, Md.,-based group.
FairVote financial backers include groups aligned with progressive financier George Soros, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Tides Foundation. Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang also serves on the board of FairVote’s political advocacy arm.
That conservatives are embracing majoritarian arguments to argue against ranked-choice voting is nevertheless illuminating, because it shows that they believe in majoritarianism only where Republicans can expect a majority. Otherwise, they seem to believe, some sort of electoral system is necessary to properly weigh the votes of conservative constituencies so that they count more than everyone else’s. As the only true Americans, they’re entitled to win every election every time. Anything else is just election rigging.
 


Latest posts



Top