Approval voting: Works great, less complicated

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December 8, 2016
Cato Unbound
by Thomas L Knapp  
Posted in Commentary

"Those who paid attention to the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000 probably recall quite a bit of controversy over the use of 'butterfly ballots.' Many voters claimed to find those ballots confusing and difficult to understand. Some even claimed that in retrospect they had probably voted for Pat Buchanan when they meant to vote for Al Gore. No, I'm not saying that voters are stupid, although some undoubtedly are. I am saying that those of us with an ongoing, even obsessive, interest in politics tend to forget that most American voters don't spend a lot of time thinking about the technical aspects of casting a ballot. They show up every two or four years to spend an hour standing in line and five minutes in a booth filling out an unfamiliar form. The more complicated that unfamiliar form becomes, the greater the likelihood of error." (12/07/16)  

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