Libertarians add IRV and PR to platform
- The National Libertarian Party Convention held last week in Indianapolis
added IRV to the platform for single winner contests, and called for
Proportional Representation where practical.
- Below, the actual quote & from '00. I announced it to a dozen groups
on street corners waiting for the light in Manhattan on my bikeride
home, so of course next I had to check it out. Yahoo!
National Platform of the Libertarian Party
Adopted in Convention, July 2000, Anaheim, CA
III. Domestic Ills
Electoral systems matter. The predominant use of "winner-take-all"
elections in gerrymandered, single-member districts fosters political
monopolies and creates a substantial government-imposed barrier to
election of non-incumbent political parties and candidates. We
propose electoral systems that are more representative of the
electorate at the federal, state, and local levels, such as
proportional voting systems with multi-member districts for
legislative elections and instant runoff voting (IRV) for single
The Australian ballot system, introduced into the United States in
the late nineteenth century, is an abridgement of freedom of
expression and of voting rights. Under it, the names of all the
officially approved candidates are printed in a single government
sponsored format and the voter indicates his or her choice by marking
it or by writing in an approved but unlisted candidate's name. We
should return to the previous electoral system where there was no
official ballot or candidate approval at all, and therefore no state
or federal restriction of access to a "single ballot." Instead,
voters submitted their own choices and had the option of
using "tickets" or cards printed by candidates or political parties.
In order to grant voters a full range of choice in federal, state,
and local elections, we propose the addition of the alternative "None
of the above is acceptable" to all ballots. We further propose that
in the event that "none of the above is acceptable" receives a
plurality of votes in any election, either the elective office for
that term should remain unfilled and unfunded, or there shall be a
new election in which none of the losing candidates shall be eligible.