“Exports, scholars, deep thinkers could make errors on electoral reform,”
Natapoff decided, “but nine-year-olds could explain to a Martian why the
Yankees lost in 1960, and why it was right. And both have teh same
underlying abstract principle.”
Why the electoral college is A Good Thing.
For example, if all Democrats rank Gore first and Bush last, and all
Republicans rank Bush first and Gore last, voters might wake up the next
morning with a surprise winner—Ralph Nader, say, or Pat Buchanan—thanks
to all the second-place votes. The system would clearly take some getting
used to. (The problem of insincere voting was pointed out to Borda himself.
His response was characteristic of a more optimistic age: “My system is
only for honest men.”)
the Best Man Lose
Alternative methods of voting than simple majority or plurality.
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