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Comment Re:2 party system = meme (Score 1) 247

The two-party system is pretty much what we get with first-past-the-post voting in individual races. It can be disrupted for a short time, but will restabilize as a two-party system (even if one party is replaced). It's been tried.

National polls do generally include third-party candidates, but may leave off those who have way inadequate support, which is almost all of them. The poll results on the two major candidates do not necessarily sum to 100%, but it won't be far from it. It is possible to elect individuals who are of neither major party. On occasion, people like H. Ross Perot and John Anderson and George Wallace have gotten some attention as third-party candidates for President, but this is rare, and it wasn't by whining to the n

It is damaging to US politics to try to convince people that they can make a real change to how things work without changing some fairly important things about the system first. Ranked-choice voting would be a good start. Failing that, pick the major party closest to what you like and work within it. That's how changes have been made in the parties.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 1) 247

If you think there's no difference between the Republicans and Democrats, you're blind. They agree on quite a few things, but they differ wildly on things like health care, what people can do with their genitals, the role of religion in government, and the role of science in education.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 1) 247

There is no ideal voting system, and that's been shown mathematically. There are various different systems that I consider better than first-past-the-post, and ranked choice works in my city. I'm not saying anything against approval voting, mind you, but it isn't particularly better than ranked choice.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 1) 247

Suppose that all the states went to ranked-choice voting, and had their Representatives elected from party slates, with the number apportioned by number of votes for the party state-wide. That would give third party candidates a decent chance at election, and would make them significant. That would be perfectly Constitutional.

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