First Past The Post Voting (Winner Takes All) blows, and here’s why.
Hey all, I tend to skew Libertarian in my views and voting and I find myself drawn to alternate voting practices. Not voter fraud or mail in ballots but systems like the alternate vote and single transferable vote. I think that the voting system we have right now is utterly fucked. And as misery loves company, I think the system has come to draw us into an unwilling threesome. Winner takes all voting (in my opinion) forces a two party system with no escape and then slowly radicalizes the two parties it created. Radicalization that seems to tend toward opposing, but extravagantly authoritarian views on both side. I would be terrible at explaining these concepts so I defer to GCP Grey on youtube. I absolutely think that an alternate voting system would alleviate some of the more egregious drawbacks of the current system, especially the exclusion of third party candidates and the Spoiler Effect. I think that if we were able to somehow move some Libertarian legislators into low level state and or city branches and change the voting system locally, it might gain traction and maybe (big maybe) be implemented at a higher level.
I would like to hear if anyone else shares my views or has some insight as to the efficacy of these other systems and how they may or may not align with Libertarian views.
A decent explanation of different voting practices can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNCHVwtpeBY4mybPkHEnRxSOb7FQ2vF9c
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society