Introducing a ranked ballot is the simplest voting reform we could implement that would have the largest impact. No longer would we need not to vote for our preferred candidate because he or she is not one of the top two! Various proportional representation options have constitutional and complexity problems, and have failed in referenda (that were set up to fail, but that's another story). A computer-screen prompted, printed ballot can be easy to use:
- Select your favourite candidate.
- Indicate your second favourite candidate, if you like. Repeat as required.
Runoff counting is done automatically and is immediately available at the close of the poll. The anonymous printed ballot record indicates selected candidates in order, for the voter's verification and for auditing purposes. First-past-the-post fixed.