Endorsements of Range Voting, banning Gerrymandering and "spoiled ballots"

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See this about Nobel prize winner and voting methods pioneer Ken Arrow endorsing range voting as "probably the best" single-winner voting method in an audio podcast (we have audio recording).

Libertarian Party candidate for Colorado Governor Jaime Brown endorsed approval voting as a plank in his 2010 campaign platform. It also was endorsed by Republican Party candidate for Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (as a plank in his 2010 campaign – note the SoS is in charge of elections) and he won the seat:

Local choice: Just as states can develop voting systems that fit their specific needs, local home rule entities should also have substantial leeway in voting systems. To that end, the state legislature should allow home rule municipalities and counties to develop voting methods that meet their needs, including approval voting and range voting.
– quoted from Gessler's campaign web page http://www.scottgessler.com/issues.htm.

[Gessler] would support local experimentation with what is called "approval voting," which allows voters to choose more than one candidate in a race. The idea is favored by Libertarians and other minor parties who often siphon votes from Republicans and Democrats. "That sounds crazy, doesn't it? But it actually works," Gessler said.
– 'Secretary of state hopeful touts free speech' by Peter Jones, Highlands Ranch Herald News 2010-05-14.   

Click to see the top 100 (non-essay-type) endorsers, including some candidates who ran for the US presidency.

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Check boxes of statements you wish to endorse:
1. "I support range voting for governmental single-winner elections whenever there are three or more candidates or choices."
2. "I support range voting for legislative votes whenever there are three or more candidates or choices. Unrecorded 'voice votes' should be outlawed and each line of each law should be credited to its author (i.e. anonymous-author law-chunks are hereby forbidden)."
3. "I support the CRV's whole combined democracy-improvement Ballot Initiative."
4. "I support the CRV's anti-gerrymandering proposal there."
5. "I support the CRV's ban on spoiled ballots there."
6. "I support the CRV's easy-ballot-access proposal there."

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