Articles on STAR Voting and Electoral Reform

Introductory articles


 

How to Vote with STAR Voting

STAR Voting is simple. 5-Best, 0-Worst. As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to give your favorite or favorites a full five stars, give your worst candidate or candidates zero stars, and arrange the others in between.


 

What's the difference between STAR Voting and Ranked Choice?

Ranked Choice and STAR Voting are both preference voting methods and they have a lot in common, but they also have significant differences which should be carefully considered.


 

Leading Voting Methods: Pros and Cons

Our current voting method, 'Choose-One' Plurality or First-Past-The-Post, is only fair and accurate if there are two candidates in the race. We can do better! But what’s the best alternative? Here we present the pros and cons of four options in detail.


 

Essential Reading


 

What is the Equal Vote?

It all comes down to 'One Person One Vote.' Specifically, your vote should be just as powerful as mine, no matter where we live, how many candidates we like, or if we are in a minority faction. The voting system shouldn't play favorites. 


 

Election Accuracy

One of the most important criteria we use to evaluate voting methods is "Accuracy", but how do we determine if a voting method is accurate? Does it elect the candidates who should win? Is it fair and representative?


 

Multi-Winner and Proportional Representation Elections

Governing by council is probably one of the oldest methods in existence and the round table model can mean that diverse factions within the population can still have a voice, even if they don't have a majority.


 

Comparing Voting Systems: A Report Card

Take a closer look at 3 voting systems under consideration in Oregon. Choose-One Plurality, STAR Voting, and Instant Runoff Voting (Ranked Choice) as we compare them point by point according to the 5 central pillars of a just voting system.





For the Electoral Reform Enthusiast


 

Criteria: Evaluating voting methods and the criteria we judge them by

“The fact is that the voting method we use in most of the English-speaking world, is absolutely horrible, and there is reason to believe that reforming it would... alleviate much political dysfunction and suffering.” - Jameson Quinn


 

A Farewell to Pass/Fail: Why We Ditched Later No Harm

STAR Voting is simple. 5-Best, 0-Worst. As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to give your favorite or favorites a full five stars, give your worst candidate or candidates zero stars, and arrange the others in between.


 

Proportional STAR: The Equal Vote 0-5 Star Proportional Research Committee

Proportional Representation is the cutting edge of voting science and we are excited to be on the forefront.