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Negative voting
Why can't we have negative votes? We should be able to vote against a candidate we know we don't want instead of having to vote specifically for someone else. If all of the candidates end with a negative total then a new election with completely different candidates would be arranged.

Also, campaigning, even for per party candidate, more than 4 months before the vote? No. Just... no.

I imagine that elections would be a lot different like that.

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shadesfox From: shadesfox Date: May 17th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Why not a system where you vote for the person you don't want? Then the person with the fewest votes wins. Also favors fresh blood.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 19th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that would quickly demolish our two-party system. The Republicans would vote against the Democrats, and vice versa. The only one to have a minority would be a third-party candidate. Hmm... sounds good from a third-party candidate perspective, but I'm pretty sure neither party would go for it. :(
swanhart From: swanhart Date: May 19th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I prefer borda count (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count) type voting systems.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 19th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooo, that looks like a pretty good idea too. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to change our voting system to that and, if so, why it failed.

On the other hand I wonder how that would affect my views. I don't really care that much about Obama, but I know I don't want McCain. In a two person choice vote I guess I would have to put Obama in first since only putting McCain in last to express dislike would still give him a vote. I just still wouldn't say that meant he's my preferred candidate. But anyway.
swanhart From: swanhart Date: May 19th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
One salient feature of the borda count is that it works best when there are lots of candidates to choose from. It is also vulnerable to a number of schemes to manipulate the vote given a coordinated effort. Limbaugh is the perfect example of somebody who likes to encourage gaming the electoral system so any replacement system should be at least try to defeat intentional attacks. Personally, I think borda would be great for primary elections, but not necessarily ideal for the general.
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