How Ranked Choice Voting Prevents “Spoilers”


YouTube has the video How Ranked Choice Voting Prevents “Spoilers”.

Stein/Baraka Campaign Manager David Cobb explains how ranked-choice voting can eliminate the “spoiler” effect that many Democrats and Republicans stress over.


When I was growing up in Lowell, MA, this is the way the voting was done. They managed to count the vote this way long before there were computers to help.

Toward the end of the video David Cobb explains something I had not thought of before.

Oh, and by the way, an added benefit, it actually avoids mud-slinging and character assassination, encourages candidates to debate the issues in a civil tone. Why? Because you’re looking for 2nd and 3rd preference vote as well, rather than the current system.

If this could actually change the tone of our elections, this could be more than just an added benefit. This could greatly improve politics, voting, voting participation rates, and the path our country takes into the future, even if it never directly changes the outcome of a race.

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