To: President Obama

Replace US Two-Party Election System With Ranked Voting

Replace US Two-Party Election System With Ranked Voting

Petition Text

Replace the current two-party US election system with a ranked-voting system (i.e. preferential voting) similar to that used in Australia, which permits ranking multiple candidates in order of preference.

Why is this important?

Practically speaking, the US is stuck in a two-party system of Republicans and Democrats. This system frequently results in having two candidates who both have very low levels of overall public support. Currently, supporters of non-mainstream political parties (e.g. Green, Independent, Libertarian) can't realistically vote for their own candidates because they are sabotaging the final election by taking votes away from either the Republican or the Democratic candidates.

For example, a liberal Green party supporter would assist the conservative cause by removing a vote for a Democratic liberal candidate. They would actually increase their chance of getting their last-choice candidate by voting for their first-choice candidate. The same is true in reverse for a conservative voter. Being able to vote for only two candidates artificially polarizes many issues, reduces the possibility of introducing innovative ideas, and encourages both candidates to move towards centrist, status quo policies.

Regardless of whether you are a Bernie supporter, right-wing evangelical, environmentalist, etc, you should be supporting a shift to a ranked voting system that lets you vote based on your beliefs, not based on fear of getting the worse of two candidates you don't want.

Ranked-voting is used successfully by many other countries including Australia and is much more democratic than the current US system. If we had a ranked-voting system in the US during the 2016 elections it is less likely that Trump would have come out as the top republican candidate, and Bernie would realistically have been able to run as third-party candidate and stand a real chance of winning. In short, moving the US to a ranked-voting system will give us a foundation for more representative and innovative government in future elections.

How it will be delivered

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Reasons for signing

  • The time has come to change the status quo Republican and Democratic policies and let people vote for real innovation and change.
  • It is time to get away from status quo Republican and Democratic policies and let people vote for real innovation and change.

Updates

2016-11-10 04:43:18 -0500

10 signatures reached