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Instant-Runoff Voting: Minimizing Corruption and Apathy? | 9 PM EST/6 PM PST

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Press [1] for Democracy (P1FD) is a Coffee Party Radio show that discusses the political issues of the day in a civil, fact-based, and transpartisan manner.  Transpartisan is quite different from bi- or non-partisan in the we encourage callers to be passionate about their positions, but also that they listen and respond to those with differing points of view repsectfully and with a true desire to find common ground on which solutions can be built.  

Tonight on P1FD . . .

The Plurality System of voting used in the vast majority of U.S. elections is a dream come true for Democrats and Republicans alike. First, it props up the myth that a Third Party vote is a wasted vote. It also scares people away from Third Party candidates by painting them as “spoilers”, potentially leading to the election of the less popular mainstream candidate. Plus, it decreases turnout by presenting voters a choice between the lesser of two evils. Worst of all, with just two options in play, it allows corruption the easiest and cheapest possible path to power. Can America do better? 

This informative [albeit cutesy] video explains how Instant-Runoff Voting would allow expanded participation, as well as eliminating the spoiler factor. It could also cuts costs by eliminating the need for runoff elections. And by expanding the number of candidates, "The Funders", as Lawrence Lessig calls them, would have a much tougher time buying influence. Tonight on Press [1] for Democracy, we’ll discuss Instant-Runoff Voting as a potential cure-all for our ailing Democracy.