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VoteFair Ranking

Here on the VoteFair website you get fair results when you vote!   It's quite unlike the results of U.S. and European governmental elections, and even unlike the unfair results that sometimes happen on American Idol, where supposedly fair runoff voting is used.


What's wrong with current voting methods?

We currently use primitive voting methods!   In particular, most elections and contests fail to ask voters to indicate a second choice, third choice, and so on when there are more than two choices.

Order-Of-Preference ballot

A fully fair voting method needs to ask: "In addition to your first choice, who is your second choice, third choice, and so on?"   These secondary preferences can be collected on paper or on a website using order-of-preference ballots like the one shown here.

After you collect full preference information, how should it be used?

Order-Of-Preference results

The preference information needs to be analyzed so that every preference of every voter is taken into account!   Only VoteFair ranking does this.

Try it now on the "survey" page!   It's free and anonymous.   If you don't have a specific need, just use imaginary names and imaginary ballot preferences (such as an idealized Presidential election ballot).


What about instant runoff voting (IRV), proportional representation (PR), the Condorcet method, and other voting methods?

If you have heard about instant runoff voting (IRV), proportional representation (PR), or the Condorcet method, you will want to know that they don't take into account every preference of every voter.   And many of us have thought that perhaps each preference level should have a number assigned to it and the numbers should be added together to find out which candidate has the highest count, but this approach (called the Borda count) is well-known to easily produce unfair results.   The comparison and FAQ pages explain in more detail why these methods do not always produce fair results.   Better yet, each time you calculate VoteFair results, the results page also shows the results that these other methods would produce.

And no other voting method does this!

Not only does VoteFair ranking produce results that are always fair, but it also reveals which choice is second-most popular, third-most popular, and so on!   No other voting method is designed to figure out an overall ranking.

How can I learn more about VoteFair ranking?

Read the answers to frequently asked questions to better understand VoteFair ranking.

Read Ending The Hidden Unfairness In U.S. Elections. This book describes how VoteFair ranking works, why it produces fairer results, and how it can be used to improve the fairness of electing government officials. It is now available at

For fun, read the Abe and Thomas for President poem.   This poem, which was written well before the Bush-Gore-Nader Presidential election, entertainingly warns about what would happen if lots of voters vote for a third-party candidate, why there are only two main political parties in the U.S., and what can be done to produce fair voting outcomes in the future.

Explore the other web pages listed in the navigation outline (in the upper right).


Cover of Ending The Hidden Unfairness In U.S. Elections Cover of The Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox VoteFair ranking was invented by Richard Fobes who is the author of Ending The Hidden Unfairness In U.S. Elections and The Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox.   Sales of these two books help to make VoteFair ranking available for free at this website.



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