Score Voting — or Range Voting — allows people to rate their choices, like scoring in many Olympic events — 1 to 10 — or rating YouTube videos. It is advocated by RangeVoting.org. Here are a series of Score Voting polls for the presidential race:
- Rate the presidential candidate’s foreign policies.
- Rate the presidential candidate’s domestic policies.
- Rate the presidential candidates overall.
Instant Runoff Voting
Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) — also known as ranked choice voting — allows people to rank their preferences 1-2-3… It is advocated by the group FairVote.
Note: Candidates listed in the above polls: Barack Obama, John McCain, Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney and Chuck Baldwin, are those who, according to Ballot Access News, will be on enough states in 2008 to have a chance at winning the presidency.
Blind Taste Test
Another approach is to ask people what they think about various issues and then tell them what candidates are closest to them. This approach is taken by GlassBooth.org.
(Past efforts include Matt Waterman’s for the 2008 primary race. USA Today had one, but took it down. Here’s a picture of what it looked like. They now have one that is restricted to Obama and McCain.)