That Moment when you Realize the Best Picture is Selected more Democratically than is POTUS…
Actually, I already new that (indeed, even the older FPTP system is more democratic than the electoral college) but I was listening to a podcast yesterday that mentioned the Oscar’s voting procedure and it hit me that that was a good way to bring, in at least small measure, some attention to how voting rules matter. Indeed, the fact that Academy uses the IRV system to chose the Best Picture is probably how Moonlight beat La La Land.
Here’s a 538 piece from 2015 that explains the system: Here’s How The Academy Chooses The Best Picture.
Voting rules matter. They mattered for selecting Best Picture and for POTUS. The difference is that the Academy of Motion Pictures uses rules designed to find out overall voter preference and the United States of America doesn’t.
Meanwhile, France is about to give us another example of this, as the odds are that its two-round system will prevent the election of an extreme nationalist (just as such a system would have prevented such an election in the United States).
And while I may end up being wrong about the eventual winner in France, one thing is for sure: the next President of France will assume office with more popular votes than any other candidate for that office.
(And please: no “we’re a republic, not a democracy” responses–it is truly a nonsensical answer).