NEVERMIND THE BALLOTS

Krist Novoselic believes that the election of George W Bush proves that the current electoral system is flawed...

Former NIRVANA bassist KRIST NOVOSELIC has appealed for the US to dump its “antiquated and archaic election system” and to embrace a version of proportional representation.

Dubbing the national electoral college system as “democrazy” (rather than

democracy), the Nirvana founder turned politico has appealed to politicians in his home state of Washington to adopt “Instant Runoff Voting”, a method already in use in Australia and Ireland.

The US’s election system has come in for harsh criticism since the recent election of George W Bush, who was elected despite polling less votes nationally than Democrat Al Gore.

Novoselic, who has been more active in political rather than musical circles since the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, testified in front of Washington State’s Senate Ways and Means Committee in support of a bill which would abolish primaries and introduce “Instant Runoff Voting” (IRV) to his home state.

This system would allow voters to rank candidates as first, second, third and fourth choice on their ballots, with the candidate securing the most first choice votes winning the seat. If no candidate emerged as a clear winner, the candidate with the fewest first choice votes would be eliminated, but their second, third and fourth choices would count towards the remaining candidates, until a clear winner is decided.

As president of music industry pressure group JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Action Committee), Novoselic claims IRV is not just fairer but would also increase voter turnout and eliminate the problem of spoiler candidates.

He said: “Instant Runoff Voting is a serious solution to the State’s primary problem. It can help restore many people’s shattered faith in democracy. There can be no such thing as a ‘wasted vote’ in the United States of America.”