How Voting Should Be! Alternative voting!

Disclaimer: I try to keep politics out of Ingenius Games for Gamers materials because I don't want politics to cloud anything here. That being said this is not about any politician or party in particular this is about software/systems to IMPROVE our voting method.

It has been said by me and others for a very long time that we need a new voting method in the United States. Currently most third party candidates are viewed as throwaway votes, so many of us are forced to vote for the "lesser of two evils" for the greater part of my adult life.

The way voting should be is like this. For example, there are four major candidates in our current race for the Presidency. Yes technically there are more than four but let's deal with these four: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Realistically only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have a chance at winning everything. There may be a number of factors that play in to that however it is well known that BOTH Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are each hated by over half of the population.

What does one do on Election Day though (or early voting)? They may think, well I don't really like either of these two but I know neither Gary nor Jill Stein have a real chance to win and I can not let the person I hate the most win. So they end up voting for the lesser of the two evils.

What does this alternative voting system look like? Let's say this person goes in to vote and they have five choices in front of them. The previously mentioned 4 candidates and a blank spot for a fill in the blank. Maybe in this example they are only able to select their top three choices. Of course there are many ways to have this be an effective method but this is how it would work in this example.

Perhaps the person would really prefer Bernie Sanders above everyone else. Putting a 1 next to the bank slot they fill in his name. Now who would they want 2nd most? Perhaps they put a 2 next to Gary Johnson. Then a 3 next to Jill Stein. Now what happens is the system tallies everyone's votes.

After all votes are tallied on first run if one candidate receives whatever benchmark is set, say 50.1% then they win however if no candidate reaches that benchmark then the candidate with the lowest percent of votes for them is taken off the list and anyone who voted for them would then be on their 2nd choice.

This would continue until a single participant receives the benchmark.

Maybe you're saying this is too complicated. Perhaps my description of it here is complicated for you. Get this though, I plan to create an application to demonstrate this form of voting. If I can as a lone individual create the software to do it, don't you think this could be done?


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