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:

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How can we get rid of this vote splitting?

There is only one way to make this happen:

How can this be achieved?

How does this work?

Independent Voting

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.
  8. The voter can vote for as many candidates as he wants.
  9. The voter can vote against as many candidates as he wants.
  10. The voter can abstain on as many candidates as he wants.
  11. A vote against a candidate has the same weight as a vote for that candidate has.
  12. Each candidate's score is his YES votes minus his NO votes.
  13. 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:

  1. Voting NO for one candidate does not mean that the voter must vote YES for another.
  2. Any voter can vote any way he wants. No combination of votes disqualifies the ballot.
  3. No candidate gains any YES votes because one candidate gets more NO votes.
  4. The voter does not have to vote against one candidate to vote for another candidate.
  5. 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
 also won't work with Independent Voting.