Tag Archives: election reform

Why You Should Focus On Election Reforms That Make A Difference

Pew Research released a poll surveying Americans’ feelings about the 2014 midterms, and down at the bottom were the responses from those who didn’t vote. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog made a handy chart of their responses. Now, here’s the thing, Wonkblog decided to split this into two categories: structural reasons and personal reasons (you’ll see that if you click […]

IRV Flowchart

Strengths and Weaknesses of Instant-Runoff Voting

I had some more thoughts on instant-runoff voting (IRV). Specifically I want to talk about some of the implications of it. IRV makes tactical voting extremely difficult. Voting, ostensibly, should be a voter entering the booth and casting a vote for the candidate they think will be most likely to enact the policies they support. […]

AEC Example ballot

The NBC10 Wingmen Poorly Explain Instant-runoff Voting

So, Bill Rappeleye, Bob Plain, and Justin Katz have a discussion about about instant-runoff voting (IRV) and none of them can explain it right. Plain starts off the best, by describing what IRV might’ve looked like with the Democratic primary for governor of RI. Voters go in, they rank the candidates in order of their preference […]

Off-Cycle Elections and Public Employee Compensation

A lot of people were interested in this Seth Masket article “How Low Voter Turnout Helps Public Employees” over in Pacific Standard Magazine (if you don’t read Masket, I suggest you do, either at Pacific Standard or at the political science blog Mischiefs of Faction). Masket points to research by UC Berkeley professor Sarah Anzia that the […]