Approval voting always allows voters to choose their favorite, no matter what.
Approval voting also would address partisan winners in competitive races.
Weber (1995), Brams and Fishburn (2005) were supporters of losing candidates in both elections and proposed an alternative to the plurality rule called approval voting.
In 19th century approval voting was used in England (Cox 1987).
Forsythe, Rietz, Myerson and Weber (1996) ran a laboratory experiment under three voting rules: plurality, approval voting
and Borda rule.
An important question is whether the use of approval voting
itself reduces moralistic, i.
But Brams argues that approval voting
would significantly alter voter behavior in many elections.
I won't rehearse the advantages of using approval voting
when there are more than two candidates to find consensus choices.
176) to have discussed approval voting
"together with the strategic methods of cheating on it earlier on in the book," no such discussion exists, and, in fact, approval voting
has generally been found to be relatively hard to manipulate (Brams and Fishburn 1983, Chapter 2).
, on the other hand, is strongly robust against such manipulation (see Monroe 1993 for specific results).
Overall, approval voting
works because voters don't have to choose between a philosophical and strategic vote, which eliminates the chance of a "spoiler" stealing enough votes from another candidate to sway the election, he said.
Fishburn's Approval Voting
(1983), six professional societies--American Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, Institute of Management Science and Operations Research, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Mathematical Association of America, and Social Choice and Welfare Society--have adopted AV for the election of their officers.
is a scoring rule but it is not a rank-scoring rule, because the point scores of various candidates cannot be determined simply from a voter's rank-ordering of the candidates.
Frohnmayer backs the top-two primary concept, but he also wants to create an "equal vote" system, either through approval voting
or other similar voting methods.
It is precisely this kind of wide-ranging appeal that favors candidates under approval voting
(AV), whereby voters can vote for as many candidates as they like or consider acceptable in a multicandidate election.