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WT? goes to Washington


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you’ve been reading the blog, you know that Barnett and I are in Washington and participated in the Claim Democracy election reform conference last weekend. Watch the video to see what we learned and who we met, including Meetup co-founder and CEO Scott Heiferman.

3 Responses to “WT? goes to Washington”

  1. AllAboutVoting Says:

    Great clip. I liked it even though it featured Rob Ritche who is a big promoter of instant runoff voting (IRV) which is one of the worst single winner election methods conceived of.

  2. AllAboutIRV Says:

    IRV allows voters to rank their choices, guarantees a majority winner and eliminates the “spoiler effect.” Too bad we missed the “Range Voting Conference” in your mom’s basement.

  3. AllAboutVoting Says:

    (I’m actually more of a Approval voting supporter than a Range voting supporter)

    Ignoring the insult and focusing on the substance…:

    >IRV allows voters to rank their choices
    True. However, this is only useful if the ranking helps a voter get a result that they want. Too often with IRV this does not occur.

    >guarantees a majority winner
    Basically false. This statement is very sensitive to what precisely is meant by a ‘majority winner’.


    >and eliminates the “spoiler effect.”
    Utterly false. When third parties are very small this is basically true, but when there are more than 2 candidates who are polling well IRV has very real nasty spoiler effects.


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