Alternative Voting - Negative Campaigning

Negative Campaigning

John Russo, Oakland City Attorney, argued in the Oakland Tribune on 24 July 2006 that "Instant runoff voting is an antidote to the disease of negative campaigning. IRV led to San Francisco candidates campaigning more cooperatively. Under the system, their candidates were less likely to engage in negative campaigning because such tactics would risk alienating the voters who support 'attacked' candidates", reducing the chance that they would support the attacker as a second or third choice.

No formal studies have been conducted in the United States. Internationally, Benjamin Reilly suggests instant runoff voting eases ethnic conflict in divided societies. This feature was a leading argument for why Papua New Guinea adopted instant runoff voting.

Critics allege there is a lack of evidence that such an effect occurs as often as suggested. Indeed, Lord Alexander's objections to the conclusions of the British Independent Commission on the Voting System's report cites the example of Australia saying "their politicians tend to be, if anything, more blunt and outspoken than our own."

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Pre-election-day Events Of The Singaporean General Election, 2006 - Post–nomination Day To Election Day Events - Negative Campaigning
... Since nomination day, the PAP had stepped up its negative campaigning effort against the opposition ... Lee Kuan Yew (PAP) had referred the opposition as not having "First World" quality and described some of their candidates as of poor quality and lacking in "intellectual content" ...
Negative Campaigning - Notable Examples - Elsewhere
... To this day, López Obrador continues blaming the negative campaign for his defeat and saying that it was part of a conspiracy that the Mexican business elite planned against him ... very poorly received and was condemned as negative and xenophobic by Conservative leader David Cameron ...

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