The Center for Election Science (CES) calls on the House Republican Conference to use approval voting to quickly end the speaker impasse. Approval voting is a simple, pick-all-you-support type of voting method that can quickly help the House GOP find a broadly agreed upon speaker candidate.
CES Makes the Following Recommendations:
- Create a ballot of with all the possible candidates for speaker
- The list should include current and previous Speaker Designates like Representatives McCarthy, Scalise, Jordan, Emmer and Johnson, as well as Speaker Pro Tempore McHenry.
- Republican conference members should receive a ballot with all the candidates names with the instructions “vote for all the candidates you could support for speaker.”
- The candidate with the most approval votes will become the nominee.
Why Approval Voting?
- The conference needs to find a consensus candidate – approval voting allows an electorate to find the most agreed upon candidate
- Majority doesn’t matter – who can get 218 does. By using approval voting, the GOP could see which of their candidates are most supported AND who could get 218 votes.
- Approval voting is immediate and transparent. The conference could conduct the vote using pen and paper. There are no rounds or run-offs. An AV election would take just as much time (or less) than the previous system the conference was using.
- They could create their own, private election on vote.electionscience.org at no cost.
CES is a national leader and principle advocate in the movement to adopt transparent, empowering voting methods like approval voting. The Center for Election Science is a national, non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.