Originally posted by Metal Brain
I've been saying IRV is essential to real democracy for a long time. Funny how people always use that word "electability".
My hat is off to you WW
I'm glad we're on the same page.
The more I think about IRV, the more I don't understand why it isn't used nationwide. I'd like to blame ignorance, but I assume some political resistance is to blame, too. And yet, I don't see why Democratic and Republican parties would need to be worried, at least for a while, simply because I wouldn't expect there to be enough cross-spectrum appeal for far-right or far-left party candidates to make them viable anyway.
Another thing I wonder about is whether IRV makes the whole primary system a moot point. I think having 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats running in the same general election might be a bit overwhelming, but I could easily imagine 2 or 3 from each party running at the same time, with different results than you would get from the two-tiered process. The O'Donnell-Castle-Coons election disaster comes to mind as a good example. Maybe have a primary process with a submajority threshold to advance? Or have one where the top 3 candidates advance? Food for thought.