Frequently Asked Questions
If we have multi-seat districts, will I no longer have my own representative?
If you now live in a district where you have "representation"
by somebody whom you voted against, that is the opposite of having your own representative. If you do like who speaks for you
in legislative bodies, do not worry. The majority of voters in your area will still elect the majority of representatives.
The difference is that people who are not now represented will have a chance to be under a more inclusive system.
if you vote with 60% of the people in your area, your party (or other group) will be awarded 60% of the seats in your multi-seat district.
Let's say the rest of voters, who are now have no voice of their own in government, are divided into groups of 30% and 10%.
Those parties or groups will win a balanced voice of 30% and 10% respectively, thus giving virtually every voter representation proportionally.
Your own representative will be the person you voted for or anyone else elected from your multi-seat district who is interested
in advancing the issue of your concern.
If your primary desire is local representation rather than electing someone who
shares your political views, vote for the candidate who lives closest to you.
Do I have to mark every available preference
on a Ranked Choice Ballot?
No, if you wish you may mark only one choice as on the ballot you use now. The advantage to marking more
is that if your first choice is not elected your second choice becomes the recipient of your vote. That way you can cast a vote for
your favorite candidate regardless of that candidate's chance of winning without concern that your favorite might "spoil" the chance
of your next favorite candidate winning. Thus you can cast a wishful vote first and a later pragmatic vote.
people prefer only to rank the candidates they like best while other voters want to make sure that the candidate they dislike most
has the least chance of getting elected, and thus give a lower preference to a choice they truly disdain than to a choice they
In all cases, your top choice will be the only one counted unless it is eliminated from contention, at which time
your next subsequent choice is activated.
Won't most politicians resist changing the system that elected them?
Yes. That is why
we focus our initial work on areas where the initiative process is available to voters. We the People can put proposals for
improving our election systems directly before our fellow voters. Through our educational work we can win campaigns in our municipalities
and on a statewide level.
When enough areas adopt Proportional Representation and Ranked Choice Ballots, candidates in areas that
don't have the initative process will start including a pledge to support PR and RCB in their campaigns. Thus we can work together
to modernize elections in the United States of America.
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