Preference Voting:

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Registered: 02-15-2007
Preference Voting:
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Thu, 05-26-2011 - 8:42am

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 3:03am

It was tried here in my country of WA state & it was just awful. We had to pick for 3, first, 2nd & 3rd. What a night mare. Alot of people just voted for 1 {myself included} and told the country to go back to the way it was. I hated it.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2007
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 7:31am

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 5:19pm
It sounds like preference voting could eliminate the need for a primary and then general election. That would save a lot of money.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2007
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 9:14pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 10:20am
If there had been preference voting, I may not have been put in a situation of not being able to vote for either mayoral candidates in the general election. One is simply clueless when it comes to any kind of current issues and one has voted for things as a county commissioner that directly effect me and my family and our property and health in order to please animal rights groups. Arrrggghhh.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2007
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 11:16am

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 11:51am
Yes, definitely.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Sun, 05-29-2011 - 12:32pm
Thankfully, that wasn't King County - however, we watched as Pierce County (here in WA) experimented with it. Honestly, most people would only vote for one candidate anyway. I rarely find that I'm torn between candidates - I'm usually desperately trying to find one that I agree with on the majority of issues!! LOL!

Our state (WA) does have something similar with our primaries however. The top two vote-getters in every primary are the ones that will face off - doesn't matter matter what political party they represent. So, it could be 2 Dems or 2 GOPS or an Independent (of whatever party) & either a DEM or a GOP....

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 02-15-2007
Sun, 05-29-2011 - 1:44pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Tue, 05-31-2011 - 2:23pm
I don't feel it's a bad idea...just not a wonderful one. IMHO it could lead to some very confusing outcomes...with some people technically 'voting more than once' while others only voted once. Unless people were forced to 'rank' all candidates (which Preference voting does not do). If I don't like a candidate, I don't even want to rank them!

Save money...possibly...reduce choice, IMHO, defnitely. I just feel that less people would run for office under such a system and 'name recognition' would become too important a factor.

 nwtreehugger  

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