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It doesn't have to be winner takes all

It doesn’t have to be winner takes all

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In a democratic election, the winning side is the one that gets the most votes – at least, normally. A test of alternative voting systems has found that in some cases, it is actually possible to increase overall satisfaction by delivering a result in which a minority decision prospers.

Alessandra Casella of Columbia University and Luis Sanchez of Cornell University in New York tested two voting systems in a survey ahead of a state-wide Californian ballot in 2016.

Rather than one vote …

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