Omne quod audimus est opinio, non res. Omnia videm
Love the fact that the citizens of Alaska made their voices heard in how they hold elections.
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.
Wrong the system is flawed, because the most popular candidate, with the voters did NOT win, but can be fixed. From the Washington post
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.
Gonna have to re-read that.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.
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.
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.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.
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.