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Should the US (or whatever country you are from) get rid of this voting system?

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First Past the Post sucks.
« on: November 16, 2016, 04:59:06 AM »
First past the post, or FPTP, or winner takes all is the standard way to vote for a leader in a democracy. One person, one vote. Winner takes all. Sounds fair, right? It's not. It actually really friggin' sucks. Why? Let's use an example of an election held in the country of your choice.

Conservative Candidate: 38%
Liberal Candidate: 35%
Libetarian Candidate: 18%
Democratic Socialist Candidate: 6%
Other: 3%

According to FTPT, the Conserative won the election and is now the President or PM. However, let's look at the result for a second. 62% of the voters did not want Conservative rule. In the next election, here is what happens.

Conservative Candidate: 42%
Liberal Candidate: 47%
Libertarian Candidate: 8%
Democratic Socialist Candidate: 2%
Other: 1%

53% of the nation did not want a Liberal government, but their candidate is the new President or PM because they got the most votes.

Seeing how badly the other parties get beaten in election after election, which result in a tossup between the Conservative and Liberal parties, the country continues to vote for the one tha most represents their viewpoint, or alternatively, the one they think will make their lives less difficult. This results, as you know, in two party rule despite there being a plethora of other parties to choose from.

I think we should adopt what is known as the alternative vote. Australia has this and from what I understand, correct me if I'm wrong, any Australians, voters rank their preferred candidates from most to least favored, and there are several election days rather than just one; each round eliminating losing candidates until finally, you're down to two and that's when a winner is chosen. Is that a perfect system? No. However, it does give more of a chance for other parties to run the nation and make beneficial changes. America should adopt this along with abolishing the electoral college and gerrymandering. Also, primary elections should be held on one set date so that the set candidates can have a year to campaign.
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