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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.

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[–] OmicronPersei8 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yes, if the general election used approval voting, then the primaries would be of less importance. Candidates that lost their party nomination would have a better chance of winning the general election, and that would be true for any third-party candidate. The elimination of the spoiler effect would allow voters to vote for their favorite candidate without fear of wasting their vote, and allowing the opposing majority party to win.