The all-or-nothing voting system of the United States is a strange beast that encourages unnecessarily strategic voting at the expense of each voter's principals. Have you ever voted for someone because they were the "least among the evils"? On the other hand, have you ever felt more than a single candidate was appealing but didn't want the "split the vote" so you picked the safest bet?
Score voting is a simple voting approach that does away with these regretful situations and allows you to give each candidate a score, as if you were grading the candidates on a school test. Brian's Taskforce recently added a
task resolution "voting" system that was inspired by score voting.
The score range used in Score Voting can vary, but my preference would be 0 to 100 since this would naturally align with most peoples' understanding of test scores. When Score Voting has a range of 0 to 1, it's called
Approval Voting because either you approve of a candidate (you gave them a 1) or not (you gave them a 0).
See the description of
Score Voting at the Center for Election Science for more information.
You may also want to check out
iSideWith, a simple survey of political stance questions that maps your support among the 10 (who knew there were 10, right?) candidates running for President of the United States in 2012. The outcome of the survey is a percentage score showing how much your views align with a given candidate.
Imagine if you could take those numbers and put them right into the November ballot.
ObjectiveAny form of score voting used for national elections, including approval voting (score range 0 to 1)