In a country long admired for the robust competition in its marketplaces, we are in sore need of innovation and competition in the political arena.
Approval Voting is a simple alternative that allows voters to choose all of the candidates they like rather than just one. Because of the simplicity of this method, it is extremely cost-effective, doesn’t require major ballot changes, and can be quickly calculated.
Utah Approves aims to pilot Approval Voting as an option in our local elections, like city council and races for mayor.
Originally published in Ogden's Standard-Examiner, Feb 4, 2021 Approval Voting is an alternative voting method that gives voters the freedom to choose all of the candidates they like rather than being forced to pick just one. Like RCV, it allows you to express your vote for your favorite candidate and a more consensus candidate, but... Continue Reading →
Originally published in The Salt Lake Tribune | Public Forum | Feb. 14, 2021, 6:00 a.m. With our country deeply divided over politics, we need to reward leaders who avoid divisiveness and extremism. Unfortunately, our current electoral system rewards extremists who grab attention and promise to fight their political adversaries. One simple change in how... Continue Reading →
Ranked choice would be an improvement over what we currently have. But if we are going through all the trouble of reworking our election system, why shouldn’t we make sure we get it the best we can? Approval has some major improvements over ranked choice— it completely removes the spoiler and center squeeze effects, it... Continue Reading →