What’s wrong with our current system?

A:
  • We currently elect county officials with a "top two" system using a primary election in the spring and a general election in the fall. The primary narrows down the field of candidates to one or two candidates for the general election. Using a primary restricts voter choice at the general election when many more voters are participating. Sometimes there is NO choice--the winner was chosen in the primary!
  • When there are several candidates in the primary and no one gets a majority, the top two each win with a minority of votes. This can be unrepresentative of the majority of the voters.
  • This two election process makes for a long campaign season, which is disliked by both voters and candidates. It also advantages candidates with more money.

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  • published this page in FAQ 2018-02-12 10:48:45 -0800