HOW TO GET RID OF
MULTI-CANDIDATE VOTE SPLITTING
You see it every election year: One candidate gets more votes because he is the
candidate most different from the others. Meanwhile, candidates who are similar to other
candidates find themselves short of votes. Here are examples of how the Plurality
Voting System unfairly splits the vote:
How can we get rid of this vote splitting?
- There is only one way:
- Allow the voter to vote his real preference without
There is only one way to make this happen:
- Voting on one candidate must not be interlocked with the voting
on other candidates.
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.
- Straight-party voting must be totally abolished. It is unfair.
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.
- The voter can vote for as many candidates as he wants.
- The voter can vote against as many candidates as he wants.
- The voter can abstain on as many candidates as he wants.
- A vote against a candidate has the same weight as a vote for that candidate has.
- 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 any way he wants. No combination of votes disqualifies the ballot.
- No candidate gains any YES votes because one candidate gets more NO votes.
- The voter does not have to vote against one candidate to vote for another candidate.
- No vote splitting takes place.
Thus, the Independent Voting System prevents vote splitting.
The trick of running a stooge candidate with a platform similar to another candidate's
platform to split that candidate's vote does not work.