This Ballot: Priorities for Improving US Elections

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  • Majority requirement for election of executives.
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  • Universal voter registration
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  • Require Paper Ballots
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  • Eliminate Electoral College
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  • End Gerrymandering
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  • End Single Member Districts
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  • E-voting (touchscreens)
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  • Range Voting
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  • Campaign Finance Reform
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  • Instant Runoff Voting
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  • Weekend/Multiday Elections
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  • Strict Voter ID Requirements
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  • Internet-based Voting
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Majority requirement for election of executives.

Universal voter registration

Require Paper Ballots

Eliminate Electoral College

End Gerrymandering

End Single Member Districts

The only way to end gerrymandering is to end winner-take-all, single-member districts and adopt forms of proportional voting -- ones where voters truly control their own representation and have a range of choices. In this way, independent redistricting can improve voter choice, legislative turnover and diversity of representation. Most nations have both independent redistricting and proportional voting for legislatures.

E-voting (touchscreens)

Range Voting

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Campaign Finance Reform

Instant Runoff Voting

Having a means to accommodate voters having more than two choices is fundamental to preserving two essential parts of a democratic system: majority rule and full debate. When a candidate can win an executive office with well under 50%, you lose the ability to hold leaders accountable. The majority may be sending a very clear message against someone, but lose only due to splitting its message between two or more candidates.

Weekend/Multiday Elections

Strict Voter ID Requirements

Require the voter to present a government-issued picture ID at the polling station.

Internet-based Voting

Comments: Priorities for Improving US Elections

Results: Priorities for Improving US Elections

Depth of Support

Runup to Consensus

27 ballots cast

    [] Instant Runoff Voting
    1st: 20.1%
    [] Campaign Finance ...
    2nd: 14.3%
    [] Eliminate Elector...
    3rd: 13.4%
    [] End Gerrymandering
    4th: 8.8%
    [] End Single Member...
    5th: 8.1%
    [] Strict Voter ID R...
    6th: 8%
    [] Universal voter r...
    7th: 6%
    [] Weekend/Multiday ...
    8th: 5.9%
    [] Internet-based Voting
    9th: 4.8%
    [] Range Voting
    10th: 4.1%
    [] Majority requirem...
    11th: 3.4%
    [] Require Paper Ballots
    12th: 2%
    [] E-voting (touchsc...
    13th: 1.9%
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Instant Runoff Voting
VotesDepth
1st 7
  • 7.00
    2nd 9
  • 4.50
    3rd 2
  • 0.67
    4th 0
  • 0.00
    5th 1
  • 0.20
    6th 1
  • 0.17
    7th 0
  • 0.00
    8th 1
  • 0.13
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    2112.67
    Campaign Finance Reform
    VotesDepth
    1st 6
  • 6.00
    2nd 2
  • 1.00
    3rd 3
  • 1.00
    4th 2
  • 0.50
    5th 1
  • 0.20
    6th 0
  • 0.00
    7th 2
  • 0.29
    8th 0
  • 0.00
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    168.99
    Eliminate Electoral College
    VotesDepth
    1st 6
  • 6.00
    2nd 0
  • 0.00
    3rd 3
  • 1.00
    4th 2
  • 0.50
    5th 2
  • 0.40
    6th 1
  • 0.17
    7th 1
  • 0.14
    8th 1
  • 0.13
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 1
  • 0.10
    178.44
    End Gerrymandering
    VotesDepth
    1st 1
  • 1.00
    2nd 5
  • 2.50
    3rd 3
  • 1.00
    4th 1
  • 0.25
    5th 2
  • 0.40
    6th 1
  • 0.17
    7th 0
  • 0.00
    8th 1
  • 0.13
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 1
  • 0.10
    155.55
    End Single Member Districts
    VotesDepth
    1st 3
  • 3.00
    2nd 1
  • 0.50
    3rd 1
  • 0.33
    4th 3
  • 0.75
    5th 0
  • 0.00
    6th 0
  • 0.00
    7th 1
  • 0.14
    8th 2
  • 0.25
    9th 1
  • 0.11
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    125.08
    Strict Voter ID Requirements
    VotesDepth
    1st 3
  • 3.00
    2nd 2
  • 1.00
    3rd 1
  • 0.33
    4th 1
  • 0.25
    5th 0
  • 0.00
    6th 2
  • 0.33
    7th 0
  • 0.00
    8th 1
  • 0.13
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    105.04
    Universal voter registration
    VotesDepth
    1st 0
  • 0.00
    2nd 3
  • 1.50
    3rd 2
  • 0.67
    4th 2
  • 0.50
    5th 4
  • 0.80
    6th 1
  • 0.17
    7th 1
  • 0.14
    8th 0
  • 0.00
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    133.78
    Weekend/Multiday Elections
    VotesDepth
    1st 0
  • 0.00
    2nd 2
  • 1.00
    3rd 2
  • 0.67
    4th 4
  • 1.00
    5th 3
  • 0.60
    6th 2
  • 0.33
    7th 0
  • 0.00
    8th 0
  • 0.00
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 1
  • 0.10
    143.70
    Internet-based Voting
    VotesDepth
    1st 1
  • 1.00
    2nd 1
  • 0.50
    3rd 2
  • 0.67
    4th 0
  • 0.00
    5th 1
  • 0.20
    6th 0
  • 0.00
    7th 3
  • 0.43
    8th 1
  • 0.13
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 1
  • 0.10
    103.03
    Range Voting
    VotesDepth
    1st 0
  • 0.00
    2nd 1
  • 0.50
    3rd 4
  • 1.33
    4th 1
  • 0.25
    5th 0
  • 0.00
    6th 1
  • 0.17
    7th 0
  • 0.00
    8th 0
  • 0.00
    9th 3
  • 0.33
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    102.58
    Majority requirement for election of executives.
    VotesDepth
    1st 0
  • 0.00
    2nd 0
  • 0.00
    3rd 1
  • 0.33
    4th 4
  • 1.00
    5th 1
  • 0.20
    6th 0
  • 0.00
    7th 2
  • 0.29
    8th 0
  • 0.00
    9th 2
  • 0.22
    10th 1
  • 0.10
    112.14
    Require Paper Ballots
    VotesDepth
    1st 0
  • 0.00
    2nd 0
  • 0.00
    3rd 0
  • 0.00
    4th 1
  • 0.25
    5th 1
  • 0.20
    6th 1
  • 0.17
    7th 2
  • 0.29
    8th 1
  • 0.13
    9th 2
  • 0.22
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    81.26
    E-voting (touchscreens)
    VotesDepth
    1st 0
  • 0.00
    2nd 0
  • 0.00
    3rd 1
  • 0.33
    4th 1
  • 0.25
    5th 0
  • 0.00
    6th 3
  • 0.50
    7th 0
  • 0.00
    8th 1
  • 0.13
    9th 0
  • 0.00
    10th 0
  • 0.00
    61.21
    Instant Runoff Voting: 15 votes 55.56%
    Instant Runoff Voting: 7 votes carried.
    3 votes moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Eliminate Electoral College
    3 votes moved to Instant Runoff Voting from End Single Member Districts
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Internet-based Voting
    Campaign Finance Reform: 8 votes. 29.63%
    Campaign Finance Reform: 6 carried.
    1 vote moved to Campaign Finance Reform from End Gerrymandering
    1 vote moved to Campaign Finance Reform from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    2 votes not transferred. 7.41%
    2 votes from Eliminate Electoral College not transferred
    Universal voter registration: 1 vote. 3.7%
    1 vote moved to Universal voter registration from Eliminate Electoral College
    Weekend/Multiday Elections: 1 vote. 3.7%
    1 vote moved to Weekend/Multiday Elections from Eliminate Electoral College
    Instant Runoff Voting: 12 votes 44.44%
    Instant Runoff Voting: 7 votes carried.
    3 votes moved to Instant Runoff Voting from End Single Member Districts
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Internet-based Voting
    Campaign Finance Reform: 8 votes. 29.63%
    Campaign Finance Reform: 6 carried.
    1 vote moved to Campaign Finance Reform from End Gerrymandering
    1 vote moved to Campaign Finance Reform from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    Eliminate Electoral College: 7 votes. 25.93%
    Eliminate Electoral College: 6 carried.
    1 vote moved to Eliminate Electoral College from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    Instant Runoff Voting: 9 votes 33.33%
    Instant Runoff Voting: 7 votes carried.
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Internet-based Voting
    Campaign Finance Reform: 8 votes. 29.63%
    Campaign Finance Reform: 6 carried.
    1 vote moved to Campaign Finance Reform from End Gerrymandering
    1 vote moved to Campaign Finance Reform from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    Eliminate Electoral College: 7 votes. 25.93%
    Eliminate Electoral College: 6 carried.
    1 vote moved to Eliminate Electoral College from Strict Voter ID Requirements
    End Single Member Districts: 3 votes. 11.11%
    End Single Member Districts: 3 carried.
    Instant Runoff Voting: 8 votes 29.63%
    Instant Runoff Voting: 7 votes carried.
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Internet-based Voting
    Campaign Finance Reform: 7 votes. 25.93%
    Campaign Finance Reform: 6 carried.
    1 vote moved to Campaign Finance Reform from End Gerrymandering
    Eliminate Electoral College: 6 votes. 22.22%
    Eliminate Electoral College: 6 carried.
    End Single Member Districts: 3 votes. 11.11%
    End Single Member Districts: 3 carried.
    Strict Voter ID Requirements : 3 votes. 11.11%
    Strict Voter ID Requirements : 3 carried.
    Instant Runoff Voting: 8 votes 29.63%
    Instant Runoff Voting: 7 votes carried.
    1 vote moved to Instant Runoff Voting from Internet-based Voting
    Campaign Finance Reform: 6 votes. 22.22%
    Campaign Finance Reform: 6 carried.
    Eliminate Electoral College: 6 votes. 22.22%
    Eliminate Electoral College: 6 carried.
    End Single Member Districts: 3 votes. 11.11%
    End Single Member Districts: 3 carried.
    Strict Voter ID Requirements : 3 votes. 11.11%
    Strict Voter ID Requirements : 3 carried.
    End Gerrymandering: 1 vote. 3.7%
    End Gerrymandering: 1 carried.
    Instant Runoff Voting: 7 votes 25.93%
    Campaign Finance Reform: 6 votes. 22.22%
    Eliminate Electoral College: 6 votes. 22.22%
    End Single Member Districts: 3 votes. 11.11%
    Strict Voter ID Requirements : 3 votes. 11.11%
    End Gerrymandering: 1 vote. 3.7%
    Internet-based Voting: 1 vote. 3.7%
    Instant Runoff Voting wins.
    Eliminate Electoral College eliminated.
    End Single Member Districts eliminated.
    Strict Voter ID Requirements eliminated.
    End Gerrymandering eliminated.
    Internet-based Voting eliminated.

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    Poll Opens 03/04/2009 00:00
    Poll Closes 12/31/2012 00:00

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