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How Tony Evers Won the Primary
August 15, 2018
There are a few thoughts* I'd like to share with you after reflecting on yesterdays primary. This first post is regarding how Tony Evers won the Democratic party nomination. Across a field of eight candidates a large spectrum of progressive voices was effectively muted, in my opinion. There were four non-mainstream progressives who canceled each other out and handed the race to the most traditional candidate, Tony Evers. If there were only one or perhaps two other contenders, the outcome may have been different. I say this because there were more total progressive votes across those four candidates that what Evers received.
For a progressive candidate to win the nomination under such conditions isn't going to easily happen with our current First Past The Post approach to voting. A different voting system likely would have helped. While there is talk about Ranked Choice Voting, there are other more representative options out there. Please check out this page and continue to educate yourself about how our current electoral system needs to be reformed. Electoral system reform is a key part of Taking Back Our Government, the first item in my simple, three plank platform.
Nicky Case has a great overview of different voting systems, the theory behind them, and interactive games that help you to understand what the problems are with the different voting systems. Needless to say, the First Past The Post system, like we have here in the U.S. and just experienced in yesterday's primary, is among the worst. If we would have had a Score Voting system in place, I believe someone like Mahlon Mitchell, Kelda Roys, Kathleen Vinehout, or Mike McCabe could have easily won the Democratic Party Nomination. But because they all cancelled each other out, the more traditional and centrist candidate won.
Now Tony Evers is your primary option, someone who is more of the same. If you're good with that, vote Democratic. Or vote Republican. It doesn't matter, for there will be little substantial change. If you aren't good with that, if you feel disempowered, disenfranchised, and dissatisfied with the status quo, I would ask that you consider joining me in taking back our government. So it can again represent we, the people. And together, we can start working on the hard problems that both parties avoid.
But again, this post is about election reform. So check our Nicky Case's Web Site (or my Web site!) and let me know what you think!
*The next post will be on how broken our two party system is. The one after that will be about our catastrophic abuse of the earth and it's natural resources and how mainstream politicians don't talk about what we realistically need to do to address it.
 Though there were 10 choices on the ballot, as two candidates (Dana Wachs and Andy Gronik) dropped out in the last few months.
 Tony Evers received 224,544 votes (41.75% of the democratic votes) while Mahlon Mitchell, Kelda Roys, Kathleen Vinehout, and Mike McCabe received 240,799 votes (44.77% of the democratic votes). Source - https://www.wisconsinvote.org/election-results