Also known as "democracy".
This web site is designed to serve as a resource for concerned citizens who want to work together to enact reforms that will make our government more genuinely democratic - reforms that have the support of a majority of Americans. A genuinely democratic government will reflect the will of the people and pass legislation that effectively addresses the problems we face as a nation, with measures that, again, have the support of a majority of voters.
We believe that bad government is the problem. And good government is the solution. By focusing on the issues and solutions that unite us, instead of the "wedge issues" that divide us, we can reunite Americans and make our government more genuinely democratic.
We are not an organization that you join. Although you will find links to some organizations you might want to join if you are interested in join forces with other concerned citizens who are working to get ranked choice implemented.
We do not solicit contributions. We do encourage you to contribute to organizations working to get ranked choice voting implemented and the campaigns of candidates who have promised to support ranked choice voting.
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims,
one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms,
like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.
In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition,
but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic, we are praising it: consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using that word if it were tied down to any one meaning."
- George Orwell [From “Politics and the English Language”]
For anyone with sincere intentions, defining “democracy” is a simple matter. The word was formed from a combination of the Greek words: “demos”, which means “people” or “the people” and “kratos” (meaning “rule”) and/or “kratia”, which means “have power” or “authority.” A democratic government is one in which the people rule (have power).
Once the term is clearly defined, judging whether a government is truly democratic is a simple matter. In a democracy the will of a majority of the people, determines public policies and what laws are passed.
Within our present system of "winner take all" elections, it is possible for a candidate to win election without getting a majority of the votes. The winning candidate is the one with the most votes (a "plurality"). When there are more than two candidates, a candidate can win with significantly less than a majority of the votes. The more candidates there are, the lower the percentage of the total percentage needed to win. For example, if there are five candidates, it is mathematically possible to win with 20% (plus one vote) of the total number of votes cast. That is undemocratic.
With ranked choice voting the winning candidate is required to have the votes (at some level of preference) of a majority of the voters.