The way we vote is broken.
Want to vote for Orange?
Too bad. Vote for Teal or Blue wins.
Voters feel pressure to vote tactically for one of the two candidates they predict are most likely to win, despite their sincere preferences. No one wants to feel like their ballot was wasted.
The majority want something Orange?
Joke's on them. Blue wins.
When there are three or more candidates, the winner of an election might not reflect the preferences of the majority. It's not unusual for a candidate to win an election with significantly less than 50% of the vote.
We can fix this with more expressive ballots.
Try rating each option out of 5 stars. Instead of restricting votes to a single favourite, modern ballots ask for more information. They're still looking for the same thing though: voter preferences.
If our voters express more than single preferences, we need a smarter way to tally the votes. There are many alternatives, each with their own relative strengths and weaknesses.
This site primarily provides tools to run elections with both online and offline ballots. Further tools provide ballotless tallies, invite-only elections, embeddable widgets, and more.
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