Strategic Voting in Worcester At-Large Elections (508 #579)

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike tells Brendan about some analysis Greg Opperman and he have done about strategic voting in Worcester at-large elections.

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Short version of this article: You shouldn’t vote for anyone who’s guaranteed to win or to lose. If there are 6 plausible candidates you like, you should vote for them. If there are fewer than 6, you should vote for fewer than 6. Leaving those ballot slots blank will indeed help them. However, the power of those blank slots is pretty small, so you should not try too hard to have blank slots.

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