April 9, 2018

The Republican mind set

From a Portland Press Herald story on Maine's debate over ranked choice voting:

 “People are losing sight of the fact that we live in a constitutional republic, not a democracy,” says Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason of Lisbon Falls, one of four Republicans seeking to succeed Gov. Paul LePage and a longtime opponent of ranked-choice voting,

1 comment:

Boffin said...

Now that I've seen ranked-choice voting (RCV) in action, I'm not so fond of it. It makes the tallying much less transparent.

In ordinary voting, the votes are tallied up, box by box, precinct by precinct. A simple total of votes for each candidate is written on a sheet, signed by judges, and sent on up the chain. At each location and step the totals can be checked and audited. The process is very simple and easy to understand and oversee.

With RCV, on the other hand, there are no clear tallies at any point. If the voting goes to multiple rounds each set of ballots has to be re-evaluated. The process is complicated and time-consuming, and hard to understand for most people. Further, an audit is very difficult, since the entire set of ballots controls how each individual ballot is handled and tallied.