Beer & Bastards #15 [with the Blue Republican] With Grant Phillips, Kevin Ryan, Matt Palumbo, Mike Lee, Robin Koerner and Will Ricciardella

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  • Britton Sprouse

    Approval Voting

    Our current voting method is to pick the “best” candidate from a slate of candidates.  You only get to pick one, even if several of them are qualified.  Many times people don’t even bother researching or voting for candidates they would consider qualified because they don’t belong to the duopoly of Democrats and Republicans.  They reason that votes cast for candidates bound to lose are “wasted”, so voting for the less corrupt thug might make our future suffering easier to bear.  In my opinion, this mentality is the most responsible culprit for the last 100+ years of executive and legislative folly. This tragic circumstance can be eliminated immediately with the adoption of approval voting.  In this method, instead of choosing a single candidate from the slate, you express your feelings about each candidate, approving only those who you feel qualified with a yes or up vote.  The candidate approved by the highest percentage of voters is declared the most qualified and wins the office. This simple voting method levels the playing field!  Approval voting allows for more competitive elections, and would certainly destroy the two party duopoly of American politics.  Independent and third party candidates would no longer battle the “wasted vote”  stigma and can focus on communicating their values and message to the voters.  And seeing a more fair election process would likely increase voter participation rate. There are many interesting details of approval voting to discuss, and the potential ramifications are very exciting as well.  What do you think?

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The Bastards interview Robin Koerner of Blue Republican, the organization of Ron Paul–supporting Democrats. Robin has appeared on Fox News and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

The Bastards:

Matt Palumbo of Being Classically Liberal

Mike Lee of Being Liberal Logic

Will Ricciardella of The Analytical Conservative

Kevin Ryan of Unbiased America

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