Primary 2020: A Voting System Experiment

Plurality voting breaks down once you have more than two candidates on the ballot. This is why the United States only has two competitive political parties, and why most voters choose between them even when both major parties field poor candidates.

Yet the two major parties have to deal with larger ballots for their own the Presidential primaries.

This can lead to problems...

As an experiment, let's run the 2020 primary contest using alternative voting systems: Approval, Range, Ranked Choice and Range with Runoff voting; and compare the results and experience with plain old Plurality voting. In the pages to follow, you will find a ballot to fill out for each system.

Count Restarted Again!

The count has been restarted as of November 14, 2019 because two significant Democrats have entered the race, along with a bunch of Libertarians.

See the blog for tallies of votes before this restart.

Since this is a poll for a United States election, to have any predictive merit we must separately count the ballots of those who will have the ability to vote in United States elections from those who will not.

That said, world opinion is of great interest, and I definitely want people from around the world to be able to play with alternative voting systems. Better voting systems could prevent civil wars and unpleasant dictatorships. (If you live in a different country and want to implement a similar poll for your elections, contact me.)

So, please click the relevant link to begin:

See the Results so Far

Have you already voted a while back and want to see how things are going now? Have a look:

  • Democrat
  • Libertarian
  • Republican

Include test runs

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