Condorcet Voting

why vote for the lesser of two evils?
Condorcet voting is a multiple-vote system with lots of benefits and very few drawbacks. It works better, mathematically, than other plurality vote systems -- such as approval voting, and instant runoff.

But this page isn't here to describe condorcet. This is about getting it accepted and implemented.

Explaining Condorcet to Voters

The most effective way to get the voting system changed is to let the voters know it exists, how it works, and why it's a good idea. But how do you explain something complicated to people with near-zero attention spans?

TV Commercials

Television seems to be the primary medium for advertising, and should serve well to introduce people to condorcet voting. A short ad can touch upon the most important aspects of it -- in particular, how to use it.


Suppose you were voting in an election with eight candidates: Brooke, Claire, Dave, George, Jason, Rachel, Susan, and Thomas. You know that you like both Dave and Jason, but can't decide which is better. But you really want Susan, from a smaller party, to win. And you don't really mind Brooke. However, you completely disapprove of the other four candidates, and you think that George is by far the worst. You could fill out a ballot such as the following:
2Dave, Jason,
4(disapprove below this line)
5Rachel, Thomas, Claire,
This allows you to specify, in detail, what your preferences (or lack thereof) are. You can vote against a candidate by placing them below "none of the above", or really vote against someone by placing them even farther below.

Similarly, you could decide you like Susan the best, but really just want anyone except George to win:
2Brooke, Claire, Dave, Jason, Rachel, Thomas,
3(disapprove below this line)

Implementing Condorcet


Some ballots will be paper-based, and others will be electronic. All must be processed by a computer, so paper ballots should be in a "pencil in the dot" form for ease of data entry.

Voting Machines

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