“A Top-3 Presidential Election System”

Happy President’s Day. Here’s a new Common Ground Democracy column explaining why and how to apply the top-3 electoral system that Eric Maskin and I describe in our Project Syndicate column to presidential elections. The key, as explained at the end, is to modify the concept of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact so that it can implement the top-3 system among states having at least 270 electoral votes. As you watch the current three-way competition between Biden, Trump, and Haley (for at least as long as Haley keeps her campaign going in the current system), imagine what that same three-way competition would look like if this top-3 system were in place instead of our current presidential election procedures.

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