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Founded in 2011, The Center for Election Science is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping the world use better election systems. We study and advance alternative voting methods, with an emphasis on a method called approval voting. We’re passionate about voting methods because the collective decisions we make through voting dramatically impact our day-to-day lives. Smarter collective decisions, whether in government or in private organizations, promise to provide us all with a better quality of life.

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Aaron Hamlin J.D., M.P.H., M.Ed. Executive Director

Aaron Hamlin is the executive director and co-founder of The Center for Election Science. He’s been featured as an electoral systems expert on MSNBC.com, NPR, Free Speech TV, Inside Philanthropy, 80K Hours, Popular Mechanics, and has given talks across the country on voting methods. He’s written for Deadspin, USA Today Magazine, Independent Voter Network, and others. Additionally, Aaron is a licensed attorney with two additional graduate degrees in the social sciences.

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Where's the Competition?
Learn why your options are limited and how elections can be more competitive.
Why the Extreme Candidates?
Learn why we're likely to have candidates like Trump rather than moderates for the general election.
Why Do We Have Only Two Parties?
Learn about how the US electoral system encourages two parties while squashing third parties and independents.
How Can We Fix the Wasted Vote Fear?
Learn why voters fear wasting their vote on independents and third parties and how we can fix it.
Why Isn't My Candidate Debating?
Learn about how our debate system is rigged and how we can make it more fair and transparent.
Debunking Election Myths
Learn about myths such as what "one person, one vote" means, why independent commissions don't solve the issues behind gerrymandering, why a runoff doesn't guarantee a majority winner, and why the wasted vote issue is not inherent to voting.

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There’s a strong case that approval voting is the best alternative voting system to campaign for, based both on the mathematical properties of the system and its simplicity.
Will MacAskill Co-founder and the President of the Centre for Effective Altruism
Our choose-one voting method is an out of date disaster. It causes support to divide between similar candidates, prefers partisan winners, and creates a barrier to entry for new candidates and their ideas. Our terrible voting method is why our democracy is so broken.
Aaron Hamlin Executive Director of The Center for Election Science
If you want people to vote meaningfully, then you can't have them worry about whether they're wasting their vote on their favorite candidate. You avoid this wasted vote fear by letting people vote for—not rank—as many candidates as they want, even when there's only one winner. This is called approval voting. It's the easiest and most impacting electoral reform there is.
Aaron Hamlin Executive Director of The Center for Election Science
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