Iowa 2008 Caucuses – a perfect stage for range voting (Executive summary)
Iowa caucuses get tremendous media attention and have tremendous
impact despite small Iowa population. Perfect stage
to get publicity for range voting.
Appears can change the rules without altering state or federal
law, only Dem. & Repub. party internal procedures, central committee.
Iowa caucuses use pen & paper ballots & manual totaling (hand calculators
or adding machines).
Hence can easily institute single-digit range voting – essentially no complexity penalty
versus approval & plurality.
Don't make these mistakes: Approval Voting=bad
show major quality deficit of AV versus Range Voting, and range is quite
likely to have a different winner from AV and plurality, which would have a huge
impact); IRV=bad (much worse risk of big screwup than with range – if
that happens, huge blow for voting reform and the party that tried it
– remember, the risk of a screwup with the new
Iowa system is the only downside of this whole thing, and Range reduces
that downside risk whereas IRV increases it – also IRV much harder to handle
Both the Dems & Repubs (at all levels: rank-and-file members countrywide
and Iowa-wide, Iowa state party leaders, national party leaders),
are motivated to want to use
range so they can get a better presidential nominee,
and seem in favor of reform, and get free publicity; Iowans may also
be in favor of change since many may believe Kerry (or Bush) was a mistake by them.
Because expect 10 Dem & 10 Repub candidates, range voting will
have maximized quality advantage versus
plurality & approval.
Third parties want range voting and their supporters constitute at least 1% and
arguably as much as 40% of society. They could swing the election. It is
worth catering to their desires, especially when it also benefits everybody
else including the major parties and all USA-wide.
Leads to voter education, reform, free good publicity beneficial for all involved,
and better US presidential candidates.