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Fairvote election analysis: Non-majority rule (and solutions)

From Fairvote:

Non-Majority Rule in American Elections

More than a Dozen U.S. Senate and GOvernor’s Races Won with <50%

A FairVote Innovative Analysis by Chris Marchsteiner / Rob Richie on “IRV” in NC

FairVote intern Chris Marchstein has done a weekly series of blog posts this election season from the “non-majority rule” desk, profiling the many stories from the fall about partisans running “faux” third party candidates to split the vote, major candidates being asked to drop out to avoid “spoiling” and examples of how our plurality voting system fails to accommodate voter choice. Following is his latest blogpost and an update from FairVote’s Rob Richie on the first-ever statewide general election with instant runoff voting.

Non-Majority Winners and “Spoilers” in Election 2010

Election Day brought big changes this year. Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives decisively, while the Democratic Party narrowly held onto the U.S. Senate. With a majority of the nation’s governors being elected, Republicans made key gains. While the media’s narrative will undoubtedly focus on the winners and losers, our Non-Majority Rule desk will zero in on how plurality voting rules skewed and distorted several elections – and led to some underhanded campaign tactics. Continue Reading