Problem

Unrepresentative electoral systems

Other Names:
Biased voting systems
Unjust voter registration procedure
Undemocratic voting systems
Incidence:

In the 1980 New York Senate Election, a conservative receiving only 45% the vote won, not because the state wanted a conservative, but because of the 2 other candidates, both liberals, one received 44% of the vote and the other 11%. If there had been only 2 candidates, one conservative facing one liberal, it is highly likely (and supported by an ABC News survey of voters) that the liberal would have been sent to Washington.

Claim:

The approval voting system often works against the majority-wanted candidate when more than 2 candidates are in a race. The voter aware of this contradiction comes to realize that casting a ballot for his first choice might mean throwing his vote away, so he comes to improvise a voting strategy chosen to minimize losses rather than to express his sincere choice.

Broader Problems:
Unfair elections
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
18.06.2019 – 19:15 CEST