Political Polarization is the Single Greatest Threat to Our Democracy

‍How segregated are you from those who hold contrary political beliefs?

Our physical health is at risk

We’re actively undermining our own civic power

‍We struggle to solve even the most urgent national issues, even when we agree

‍How am I expected to engage with someone who refuses my basic, fundamental right to exist?

End gerrymandering and fight voter suppression

Open primaries to independent voters

Implement ranked-choice voting

  1. In a ranked-choice voting system, the winner always represents the popular vote. Where current electoral systems regularly crown candidates who fail to persuade even half their constituency, RCV ensures that elections are representative.
  2. In RCV campaigning, candidates do best when they reach out positively to as many voters as possible, including those supporting their opponents. Consequently, there are fewer negative ads attacking opponents — immediately improving our political culture.
  3. RCV allows more than two candidates to compete without fear of splitting the vote among like-minded individuals, emphasizing competition. Moreover, it eliminates the ‘lesser of two evils’ decision-making strategy — if a voter’s first choice is eliminated, their vote automatically transfers to their second choice.
  4. RCV is sometimes referred to as ‘instant runoff voting,’ since it allows two rounds of voting in a single, more representative, higher turnout election. Consequently, it can save a jurisdiction (or country) a lot of money, even as it helps promote majority rule.
  5. In a traditional American campaign, candidates need only appeal to their core constituency. In an RCV election, candidates need to demonstrate diversity of political viewpoint to engage a broader audience — promoting the representation of historically underrepresented groups and fighting polarizing radicalization.

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Hi! I’m Nick. I‘m interested in mental health, political polarization/rhetoric, and Manchester United — and I write sometimes. Learn more at nickshereikis.com.

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Nick Shereikis

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Hi! I’m Nick. I‘m interested in mental health, political polarization/rhetoric, and Manchester United — and I write sometimes. Learn more at nickshereikis.com.

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