On Ranked Ballots (aka Alternative Vote): A Conversation with Michael MacKenzie

This is another “good parts version” of a conversation I had while writing a recent op-ed—this time my analysis of the Ontario election and its potential implications for the cause of democratic reform in Canada.

Initial pleasantries and irrelevant bits—irrelevantries?—have been deleted, and I’ve done some editing for flow. I provide clarifying comments as necessary in brackets. [Not parentheses.] See? Just like that.

My email interlocutor was Michael MacKenzie, a former grad student at UBC now at Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, where he specializes in what you might call applied democratic theory. You can read about his current project, Participedia, here.
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