In June 2019, I published Goodbye, Medium, in which I said I would not participate in the two-tier promotion system Medium had then, in which free content was fundamentally less discoverable than paywalled content. But in October 2020, Medium changed this policy:

All posts are now eligible for further distribution…

Profit off my writing? Fine. Restrict it? Nope.

This article is just to say that I will not be writing further articles on Medium until there is a way to write something that is both:

  • Visible to anyone, including non-subscribers, at some publicly-searchable URL.
  • Eligible for recommendation and curation, like other premium Medium content, at some URL.

These…

Your government is in crisis. This was predictable. And there’s hope.

(paywalled version here)

Since you’re reading this in English, you probably live in a country in deep political crisis. Your governing political party probably exercises disproportionate power despite being supported by a minority, and have dropped all pretense of governing in the interests of anyone but that minority. …

This is an open letter to Ayanna Pressley, who represents me in Congress. Overall, I am proud to have such an outstanding representative as you. As you know, with a hostile Senate, the House of Representatives mostly can’t do your main job, passing laws. So for now, your important work…

How better voting methods could lead to a better nominee

In early 2016, many thought Trump couldn’t possibly win the Republican primary. Even as he came a close second in Iowa and then won in New Hampshire and South Carolina, polls showed that a majority of Republican voters disapproved of him and had several other candidates they preferred. …

There’s two huge problems with American democracy, and there’s one idea that would fix both of them.

(Part 1 of this 3-part series, on the Senate, is here. Part 3 will cover the presidency and other executive elections.)

Problem #1: Unrepresented voters.

The United States constitution is based on the republican ideal of representative…

British Columbia is voting on whether to switch from choose-one voting to proportional representation (pro-rep). Along with this simple two-sided question, the referendum also includes a second question on which method to use if pro-rep wins. Two of the three options on that second question include some or all seats…

This is an example of how PLACE voting could work in US House elections in North Carolina, 2018. …

In just over 2 weeks, Lane County, Oregon will vote on whether to use a new voting method for local elections: STAR voting.

It’s so simple, I can explain it with one picture:

A sample STAR voting ballot. The voter can rate 6 candidates (Allen, Bianca, Chris, Desi, Edith, and Frank) on a 0–5 scale. Instructions read: “The two highest scoring candidates are finalists. The finalist scored higher by more voters wins.”

STAR allows voters to approach voting by just honestly rating the candidates. The two most popular and…

You may have heard that the 51 senators who voted for Kavanaugh represent only 44% of the country. That’s wrong; it’s more like 31%. 39% of voters are represented only by senators who voted against Kavanaugh; and 30% of voters have no real representation in the Senate whatsoever. Here’s why.

Jameson Quinn

Opinion, info, and research on improved voting systems and democracy. Building website to use these voting systems securely for private elections.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store