One of the under-reported stories of the 2020 election is that ranked choice voting was used for the first time in a US presidential election, in the state of Maine. A ranked ballot dramatically mitigates the "spoiler" effect of third party candidates (think Jill Stein 2016/Ralph Nader 2000).

There are good reasons to consider other voting methods, but RCV is a huge improvement over simple first-past-the-post voting. I hope we'll see it in more states soon.


If you're interested in efficient voting systems, you should look up Majority Judgment. It's much better than ranked lists, and also simpler. Thanks for the good news !


I'm familiar with majority judgment (and many other voting systems). The adherents of any one system tend to make (sometimes persuasive) theoretical arguments in their favor, but without seeing how it actually fares in real-world elections, it's difficult to evaluate such claims.

AFAIK MJ has never been used in a real-world election for political office. Am I wrong?


I don't win money or anything from promoting MJ, and I apologize if my statement was blunt. I think that MJ is superior to other systems, including ranked voting, because it's simple and subtle ; you don't even need computers to see who wins.

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