But, it’s a good thing. We should be discussing this. In fact, we should have been discussing it more before we voted for it. Better late than never, though, right?
Anyway, there is a post by whd3 over at Green Mountain Daily about IRV that has a detailed analysis of some of the problem with the outcome of Burlington’s election, Burlington’s 2009 Mayoral Election: Did IRV Fail the Voters?. Go take a look at it there or at Integral Psychosis, where it is also posted.
(Did you read the post? Because you kind of need the context. I am going to talk as if you have read it.)
I have to agree that it is unsettling that Andy Montroll was probably the least disliked candidate, yet he was not in the final round, but that would have happened under the old system, too. Kurt Wright and Bob Kiss would have gone to a run-off and Kiss would have (probably) won. Or maybe not. Either way, Montroll was out.
Anyway you slice it, the spoiler argument comes into play. In a straight up winner-takes-all, Kurt Wright would have benefited, but we always had a 40% threshold, so that was never a risk. But here, as wdh3 points out, Wright was actually a spoiler, in a sense, who kept Montroll from winning.
I have to admit, Montroll was my choice over Kiss (and I voted for Wright), for what anecdotal evidence is worth.
So, even with the claim that IRV would give us the preferred candidate, it really didn’t.
I prefer a two-party system, myself. That eliminates all of these problems. That was the reason for the two-party system in the first place, or so I was told in one of the poli sci classes I had in college.
But, of course, we think we know more than the founding fathers, despite the fact that most of us are far less intellectual and accomplished, so we want our own system.
Well, if we want our own multi-party system, let’s just turn everything on its head.
Here is the new voting system I propose. We rank the candidates from least favorite to most. That way, the one most people dislike gets bumped first. Once you work your way up, you are left with the candidate that all of the people find the least repulsive.
What more could we want?