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They don't even need to do multi-seat. Australia has been using single-seat preferential voting (or "instant runoff voting" as the USians call it) for its House 120 years. It ensures both majority support for every winner, and simplicity.

(Of course, something proportional would be better, but for single offices, PV is about as good as you can get).

by IdiotSavant on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 10:34:35 PM EST
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I'd make a joke about New Yorkers and how ridiculous their instant runoff election appeared from afar last year, but it wasn't any more disastrous than their normal elections, I guess.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 11:29:51 PM EST
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Only two states conduct a "runoff election" when either of two candidates for a state or federal office does not obtain a simple majority of votes counted in the first ballot, ie. ≥ 50%. The date of the runoff election is set by the state's electoral law, eg. Georgia Code Title 21. Elections § 21-2-501.

In the US "proportional representation" is informally expressed as a ratio, total population of a jurisdiction (city, county, state) divided by fixed number of legislative seats prescribed by a state's constitution. This formula prevails for federal representation, too. The principal effect of the decennial census population estimate requires states' legislators to revise electoral districts according to changes in federal apportionment produced by a multiplier value.

In the US, electoral systems are prescribed by local government to the extent allowed by a state's constitution and superceding electoral statutes. Thus, NYC can enact "ranked choice" (preference, or elimination, ballots) formula to elect officers within its jurisdiction, but election to NY state offices requires candidates' to obtain a simple plurality of votes to prevail (no runoff).

Where Ranked Choice Voting is Used as of April 2022

Political party by-laws and caucus candidate election systems are proprietary--beyond the pale of public law to the extent they to not ultimately prevent voters to  elect anyone (including "write-ins") qualified for general election, administered by a state's electoral functionaries.  

by Cat on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 03:04:29 AM EST
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The greatest democratic nation in the worrulld [not counting India etc] doesn't have a common definition of what democracy is. I find that disturbing, but I tend to take that stuff too seriously.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 06:27:31 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 05:07:37 PM EST
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