This may not be the best time blog about elections, but I can’t offer any commentary on the issues in Ferguson, MO that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll stick with commenting on elections.
Fair Vote has conducted a study comparing voter error in California’s top-two primary to voter error in California’s ranked choice voting elections. The results of the study show a higher rate of voter error in top-two primary races. Specifically, Fair Vote found that California voters chose more candidates than they could vote for in top-two primaries, also known as overvoting:
They also found a higher number of undervotes, i.e., when voters skip a race, in top-two primaries than in ranked choice elections - suggesting voters are more engaged in ranked choice elections.
Bottom line: of the two systems, ranked choice voting is better.
In other news, two consultants (one Democrat and one Republican) discussed their efforts to aid an independent candidate with the Sacramento Bee.