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VoteFair ranking increases election fairness and poll accuracy

A new voting method named VoteFair ranking offers improved fairness over traditional plurality voting and runoff voting. VoteFair ranking correctly identifies an election's most popular candidate, and it also identifies which candidate is second-most popular, third-most popular, and so on down to the least popular. No other voting method is designed to reveal this overall ranking. This ranking ability improves the accuracy of polls and ranking-type survey questions, and it opens up new uses for voting, such as helping decision-makers collectively rank budget categories.

According to Richard Fobes, who is its inventor, "VoteFair ranking takes into account all the preferences of all the voters, which makes the results fairer than instant runoff voting, which only considers some of the secondary preferences of some of the voters." VoteFair ranking requires that most voters indicate not only their first choice, but also their second choice, third choice, and so on. Instant runoff voting also collects and uses similar secondary preferences, but voting experts acknowledge that instant runoff voting sometimes does not correctly identify which candidate is most popular. In these cases VoteFair ranking correctly identifies which candidate is preferred by a majority of voters.

A web site at provides a free service of calculating VoteFair ranking results for elections and surveys. Anyone can create a survey that includes one or more ranking-type survey questions. The service is especially useful for small organizations needing to resolve disputes in officer elections when the marks on traditional single-mark ballots do not yield a majority of votes for any of three or more candidates. The service also can be used by decision-makers for ranking budget categories.

The web site includes an American Idol poll in which fans of the American Idol TV show collectively rank the popularity of the show's singers. According to Fobes, "the telephone voting used to eliminate American Idol contestants sometimes produces surprising results because the candidate with the fewest votes isn't necessarily the least popular."

A new book by Richard Fobes titled Ending The Hidden Unfairness In U.S. Elections describes how VoteFair ranking works, why it produces fairer results, and how it can be used to improve the fairness of electing government officials. While Fobes was writing his first book titled The Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox he tested his creative-problem-solving skills on political problems, realized that existing voting methods are too primitive for fair results, and developed this new, fairer voting method. Additional information about VoteFair ranking is available at the web site.

Contact: Richard Fobes
Solutions Through Innovation
P.O. Box 19003
Portland, OR 97280-0003




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