Oregon Constitution Article II, Section 16: "provision may be made by law for elections by equal proportional representation [or] ... for the voter’s direct or indirect expression of his first, second or additional choices among the candidates for any office."
- Allows voters greater freedom to vote for their true first choice
- Reduces the possibility of a "spoiler" election
- Is fairer to alternative parties and independent candidates
- Often results in more positive election campaigns
Mixed-Member Election Systems are another method which gives voters more choice, is more fair to alternative parties, and brings different voices into the political process. Members to the legislature are elected in a single election which mixes elements of single-seat plurality districts (as we have now) and proportional representation of voters' support of the variety of political parties. Mixed-Member Election Systems have been used in Germany since the end of World War II, and since the 1990s have spread to several other nations, including New Zealand, Japan, Italy and Bolivia.
Score Runoff Voting, recently renamed Star Voting (for "Score + Automatic Runoff) is a new election method which is gaining interest across Oregon and is being examined by RCV Oregon. STAR Voting allows voters to give a score to each candidate on a scale of 0-5, from "no support" to "most support." The two candidates with the highest cumulative scores then go to an "instant runoff" in which the candidate ranked higher by more voters wins. It combines scoring and ranking forms of vote counting and proponents claim that it improves upon Instant Runoff Voting. See the Equal Vote Coalition website for more information.
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