Plurality Voting And Voting System

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“We often hear people saying that they’re going to vote for someone they don’t really like, because he/she is the ‘lesser-of-two-evils’.” (Ossipoff) Many take the United States’ voting system with an “it is what it is” attitude, assuming it could be no better. This is certainly not the case. The United States uses what is known as plurality voting, meaning the candidate with the largest percentage of votes wins. This is also a “winner-takes-all” system, where losers of the election receive no representation. This leads voters to compromise, not selecting their favorite because they believe him/her to be unviable, and ultimately selecting somebody they don’t like (Ossipoff). Plurality voting results in high amounts of wasted votes, making manipulation via gerrymandering extremely easy. Additionally, it is nearly guaranteed to lead to a two-party system, resulting in minorities and third parties being unfairly represented (Amy). The plurality voting process put in place during the beginnings of the United States has led to a corrupt and unfair system, and should be replaced by a process including proportional representation. (Note: Search for more on the history of the introduction of plurality in the United States. Very little on the topic.)
Plurality voting causes many votes to be wasted (have no effect on the outcome), allowing easy manipulation of the system through gerrymandering. By nature, this form of voting causes all excess votes (those that increase the count for a…
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