The Participation Blog

Could Elections Be More Rank?!

Research and empirical evidence suggests that just about everyone agrees that the way we do campaigns and elections in most democracies could do with a serious rethink and overhaul. The trouble is that there’s no real consensus on what and how things should be improved. Some of the best public engagement reaches well beyond using only winner take all voting to make decisions. But instead uses decision making processes that let people rank options by priority that lead to more logical, defensible, less contentious and obvious choices. The same thing can be done with elections, similar to what’s being done in Alaska, which is working well with a couple of minor, fixable flaws.