Event Details
May 28, 2024

Speaker: Edward B. Foley, Peter Siris, Mike Otten




TOP 3 VOTING: Electoral Reform to Combat Polarization

In 2024, we have a choice between:

  • A man who will be 86 by the end of 2028 with the lowest
    approval rating of any American President in the past 70 years.
  • A thrice married real estate and Bible selling tycoon, who won’t
    accept the results of the 2020 election and says he will be a
    dictator on Day 1.
  • A 70 year old “youth candidate,” who had part of his brain
    eaten by a parasite
Doesn’t Our Country Deserve Better Choices?

Professor Edward Foley, the Director of the Constitutional Law Center
at the Ohio State University and one of our most respected Election
scholars, sees a better way to run elections. Foley has advanced a new
Round Robin election system called “Top 3” or “Condorcet Voting.”
In this system:

  • Anyone can run in a non-partisan primary.
  • The Top 3 Finishers move to the general election, where they compete against each other in head-to-head matchups against each of their opponents.
  • The winner is the candidate who wins the most head-to-head


The benefits of this system are:

  • Voters get multiple choices in a non-partisan primary.
  • The 3 candidates in the general election will normally include at
    least one moderate, giving voters broader choices.
  • The person winning the most head-to-head matchups will be the
    one who appeals to the broadest coalition, so that All voters have
    a stake in the outcome.
  • There are no spoilers as there often are in our traditional plurality
  • There are no wasted votes, as there are in Ranked Choice Voting.


Instead of choosing between Trump, Biden, and a spoiler candidate,
voters can have a third candidate such as Nikki Haley, Larry Hogan,
Gretchen Witmer, or Amy Klobuchar. In the round robin, head-to-head
matchups, it is very likely that an alternative candidate would defeat the
highly unpopular Trump and Biden. Wouldn’t this country be better off
with this type of choice and this type of election?

Professor Edward Foley of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University presents this new voting system and describes how it can fix the problems of our government


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