Jameson, thank you for this column. This plan seems to achieve similar results to some European elections where the citizens vote for parties rather than individual candidates except in this methodology one party, e.g. Republican might transfer votes to an allied party, Libertarian, which does not happen in the European system.
Wouldn’t it be simpler to simply total all the votes for the candidates in each party and total all the votes cast, then divide the total number of votes cast by the number of offices, e.g. 100,000 total votes cast/5 congressmen = 20,000 votes per office.
If the Dems got 60,000 votes, and the Republicans got 40,000 then the top three Dems in terms of votes received and the top two Republicans in terms of votes received would be the winners.
Of course, it gets more difficult if the Dems got 53,000, the GOP 44,000 and other parties got 3,000. Clearly the Dems and the GOP would each get two seats. Since the Dems had 13,000 votes “left over” and the Republicans 4,000 votes left over (2 seats X 20K = 40K — 44K = 4K GOP extra votes) the Dems would get the 5 th seat by a margin of 13 K to 4K.
What’s your opinion on a system like this?
— David Grace