If Libertarians want a third party with winning power, fight for Ranked-Choice Voting
In our current First-Past-the-Post system, voting for third parties is considered a “wasted vote” and results in “splitting the vote.” For example, if a conservative area has a strong Libertarian party, the conservative vote will split. What *would* have been 55% Republican / 45% Democrat (R wins), instead becomes 30% Libertarian / 25% Republican / 45% Democrat (D wins).
Ranked-Choice Voting eliminates wasted votes and split votes.
Breakdown : Ranked-choice voting allows people to vote for *multiple* candidates, in order of preference. Instead of just choosing the single candidate you want to win, you fill out the ballot saying who is your first choice, second choice, third choice, etc. for each position. If no candidate gets a majority (>50%) of first-choice votes, the candidate who did the worst is eliminated, and that candidate’s voters’ ballots are redistributed to their second-choice pick. And so on and so forth.
Our founding fathers created the world’s greatest Democracy *AT THE TIME*. American democracy is ~250 years old, and in desperate need of an update.
(The state of Maine switched to Ranked-Choice, so it’s possible to change. And it will be easier to change if all third parties ally together. Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Dem Socialist, etc. We all want Ranked-Choice Voting)
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society