cblair Wrote:
Nov 10, 2012 10:20 AM
The current system of awarding elections to those winning the plurality of votes rather than the majority stifles the posssibility of third party emergence for the reasons (and math) set forth. Because of this we are locked into the current model and locked out of fresh ideas. Two ideas to counter this: 1) change the election laws to require run-off elections if no candidate reaches a majority, as is followed in many countries, or 2) follow George Washington's warning and eliminate the party system. The first option is probably easier to effect than the latter, although over time the first makes the latter at least plausible.