What about other alternative voting systems, like approval voting?

Other systems were analyzed as part of an exhaustive two-year study of alternative voting systems by the League of Women Voters of Minnesota in 2003-2004, and only RCV was endorsed by the statewide membership for local and state elections. This has been true of studies by the League in other states that have backed RCV, but not approval voting or other systems. Under approval voting, a candidate can lose despite being the first choice of more than half of voters. There is no such thing as a perfect voting system, and democracy will always be a work in progress. But, RCV is a proven system that offers the qualities FairVote Minnesota and other electoral reform advocates value in our democracy — it upholds majority rule, eliminates spoiler dynamics, minimizes wasted votes, fosters inclusiveness and civility, and broadens representation. 

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