Preference voting — darling of the LP, but does it work?

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April 19, 2011
The Liberty Papers
by Brad Warbiany  
Posted in Commentary

"The sad truth of standard plurality elections in a dominant two-party system is that voting for a third party is a vote against your preferred of the two candidates. If you want the LP to win but could live with the Republican, voting Libertarian makes it more, not less, likely a Democrat will be elected instead. In ranked voting, you rank your acceptable candidates by preference, so ranking your LP candidate first and the Republican candidate second allows your second vote to stand should the Libertarian lose. The question is — would it make a difference? The answer, unfortunately, is likely no ..." (04/18/11)  

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