Monday, October 27, 2014

Two Tier Run-Off Elections Enable People To Vote Their Conscience In Round One

Alan: Yesterday's presidential election in Brazil (won by former revolutionary Dilma Rousseff) reminds me that in much of the world, elections are two-step affairs in which the lack of a majority winner in round one automatically triggers a second round of voting (several months later) when the top two vote getters go head-to-head. 

If the United States adopted this electoral method, we would immediately know which "small-money" candidates are favored when people vote their conscience rather than choosing "the lesser of two evils." 

Like any political method, two-tier voting would not guarantee "Kingdom Come" but would provide unprecedented insight into those "dark horses" that might reach the finish line first if their unexpectedly strong "flames" were fanned into real fire. 

What's not to like?

Functional democracy?

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