HOW TO GET RID OF
You see it every election year: One faction tries to get more votes for itself by telling
bad things about its opponent(s). This includes the following:
- The candidate telling something bad about an opponent at a press conference.
- A candidate makes a political ad telling bad things about opponents.
- A political party makes negative ads about the opposing party.
- Political actions committees (PACs) make negative advertising about candidates or
- Reporters unscrupulously report negative items about parties for personal gain.
- Often the negative items reported about candidates or parties are not true.
How can we get rid of this negative campaigning?
- There is only one way:
- Make negative campaigning hurt only the campaigner, not any
There is only one way to make this happen:
- Voting against one candidate must not increase any opponent's
How can this be achieved?
- Two things must be done:
- The Plurality Voting System (vote for only one) used in most places must be
- The Independent Voting System (vote on each choice
separately) must be adopted into law.
How does this work?
- The voter has 3 choices for each candidate: YES, NO, and ABSTAIN.
- The default if the voter does nothing is always ABSTAIN.
- On a lever machine, a three position control is used for each candidate (at right).
- Each paper ballot candidate has YES and NO check boxes.
- Checking neither or both check boxes is ABSTAIN.
- Computer ballots, like paper ballots, would have YES and NO buttons for each
- There is no interlocking of votes between candidates.
- Each candidate's score is his YES votes minus his NO votes.
- The candidate with the highest positive score wins.
With the Plurality Voting System, a vote with no YES vote for an office is not
counted at all.
With the Independent Voting System, all votes except ABSTAIN votes are counted:
- Voting NO for one candidate does not mean that the voter must vote YES for another.
- Any voter can vote NO for both the negative campaigner and his target and have the votes
- No candidate gains any YES votes because one candidate gets more NO votes.
- The negative campaigner's candidate does not benefit from the negative campaign.
Thus, the Independent Voting System can prevent most negative campaigning.
It cannot prevent a Political Action Committee (PAC) from acting against a candidate or
a party because it does not like the beliefs of that candidate or party. But the PAC still
does not gain any votes for other candidates from its negative campaigning.