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STAR voting: shining a light on a new kind of election

A mock-up of a STAR Voting ballot.
Sara Wolk
Equal Vote Coalition
A mock-up of a STAR Voting ballot.

On this edition of Oregon on the Record, you’ll hear from Hayden Sasswood of the Equal Vote Coalition which champions STAR Voting and is the driver behind a ballot initiative in Eugene to change our voting system. You'll also hear from KLCC's Nathan Wilk whose reported extensively on this issue.

For generation after generation the process of voting has been pretty static. Voters make a single choice no matter how many candidates. Presumably voters are meant to choose who they think is the best person for the job, but what about "spoiler candidates," or the notion of voting for the "lesser of two evils?

Recently, there has been a growing movement to change this static system and allow for more people to throw their hat in the ring of an election, and, perhaps more importantly, allow voters more choice when it comes to selecting candidates - enter a bold new experiment in elections, Star voting.

Instead of just selecting one candidate, voters would get to score candidates from 0 up to 5 stars. The two candidates with the most stars overall are finalists and your one full vote automatically goes to the finalist you gave more stars. The finalist with the most votes is elected.

We connect the dots on this constellation of voting questions on Oregon On The Record.

Michael Dunne is the host of KLCC's public affairs show Oregon On The Record. He also hosts the business-focused podcast, Oregon Rainmakers. Do you have a suggestion for a guest or topic? Email Michael at mdunne@klcc.org.