I personally believe that a large problem with America today is that we have a singular vote, which forces us into a two-party system. Unless you're a Democrat or a Republican, you may as well be throwing your vote away, leaving you to either vote for the person you 20% agree with, try to vote for a third party knowing it'll never happen as things are now, or not vote at all. This is nothing new.
I've been thinking about this for years, and the obvious solution is to change the voting system. I doubt it'd ever happen (both Democrats and Republicans have a firm interest in seeing that it doesn't) but they say that if enough people support an idea, it can happen. Let's see if that's true.
I'll ask that comments remain constructive. I realize it's unlikely to happen, but I'd like to know if there any possible fixes to the idea as I envision it. If I've horribly goofed in some way, I'd appreciate having it explained.
Offer a voting possibility of N-1 votes (assuming N candidates), going by 1, 2, 3, and so on. Count up all the 1s, and see who has the least votes. Remove that person from the record, and anyone who voted for that person can move down to the next one on their list.
For example, let's say that the candidates are Jack Meoff, Amanda Hugandkiss, Hugh Jazz, Isabelle Ringing and Harry Geezer. I vote according to the following:
1.) Jack Meoff
2.) Amanda Hugandkiss
3.) Hugh Jazz
4.) Isabelle Ringing
The first person eliminated is Amanda Hugandkiss, with 10% of the vote. Anyone who had her as #1 moves down to their #2. After that, Jack Meoff is the least favored, so he's eliminated. My vote now stands for Hugh Jazz, who may not be an awesome candidate but at least is better than Harry Geezer.
I think this would work a lot better than what we have now. I would appreciate feedback.