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[–] conundrumbombs 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is a fantastic illustration.

As someone who is just being introduced to Approval Voting (which sounds like a great idea), would this basically make primaries a thing of the past? Candidates with enough backing and funding could simply leave establishment parties and run against like-minded individuals, right?

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[–] OmicronPersei8 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

No, Approval Voting would not make primaries a thing of the past. Primaries are there to allow parties to vote for their candidate that will represent them in the general election.

One extremely important thing about Approval Voting is that it still requires strategy on the behalf of the voter. This is why Approval Voting should only be used when polling data is available to allow voters to effectively strategically vote.

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[–] conundrumbombs 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I get that primaries would technically exist. But, even now, with a two-party system, we see people like Joe Lieberman who lost his primary, and ran successfully as an Independent. And Donald Trump is already threatening to run as a third party candidate. I guess what I'm asking is, if we are seeing it even now, wouldn't there be some increase in this practice? I suppose "thing of the past" was probably the wrong choice of words.