WHY CAN'T A
THIRD PARTY WIN?

Some people, dissatisfied with the available candidates, run a candidate on a third party. It never works. Why?

The following items tell why:

Plurality Voting System vote blender

How can we remove this bias?

How can this be achieved?

How does this work?

Independent Voting
  1. The voter has 3 choices for each candidate: YES, NO, and ABSTAIN.
  2. The default if the voter does nothing is always ABSTAIN.
  3. On a lever machine, a three position control is used for each candidate (at right).
  4. Each paper ballot candidate has YES and NO check boxes.
  5. Checking neither or both check boxes is ABSTAIN.
  6. Computer ballots, like paper ballots, would have YES and NO buttons for each candidate.
  7. There is no interlocking of votes between candidates. This makes the third party viable and removes the biases.
  8. Each candidate's score is his YES votes minus his NO votes.
  9. The candidate with the highest positive score wins.

With the Plurality Voting System, a vote with two or more YES votes for an office is disqualified.

With the Independent Voting System, all votes except ABSTAIN votes are counted:

  1. Voting YES for one candidate does not mean that the voter can't vote YES for another.
  2. Any voter can vote YES for both a mainstream candidate and a third party candidate and have the votes count.
  3. No candidate loses any YES votes because another candidate gets more YES votes.
  4. The winner is the candidate who pleases the most voters.

Thus, the Independent Voting System can allow any number of candidates and/or parties in the race, with no biases affecting the outcome.

 
 

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