Want Political Collaboration? Instead of ‘Winner Takes All,’ Let’s Make It ‘Winner Takes Some.’

Mutual antipathy between Democrats and Republicans is at an all-time high. They don’t merely disagree; they see each other as enemies. Many factors contribute to party-based polarization. One often overlooked contributor is our “winner takes all” voting system. Voters are given a list of choices. Whichever gets the most votes wins. The winner need not receive a majority of votes – she just needs more than the next person.