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Voter Confidence Term

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A not terribly complicated algorithm which determines term length, based on percentage of votes compared to other candidates, within the context of voter turnout.

For example...

- 100% voter turnout, with 100% votes for a candidate gives a 12 year term;

- 70% turnout, with one party squeaking by with 55% of cast ballots, gets a year.

Less than 40% turnout and candidates' heads are mounted on spikes by the main gate until a supplementary election can be organized and rolled out.

FlyingToaster, Nov 04 2016

Gate spikes http://htwww.imagea...ge=b21tabus1189.jpg
I offer to sharpen said spikes. [whatrock, Nov 05 2016]

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       When I read the idea I was thinking of something that devalued a vote over time. It's been said that some Brexit voters didn't know which way to vote until they actually voted. Students or angry Facebook users similarly voted randomly, and for some reason felt compelled to register their opinion.   

       Now if every ballot had a protest vote then the two statistics together might mean something. If the protest vote wins then to avoid complicated outcomes a proportional representation government is formed based on ballot second choices. For example -   

       Ist choice) A banana
2nd choice) Hillary
bigsleep, Nov 04 2016
  

       I eagerly await our robot overlords.
RayfordSteele, Nov 04 2016
  

       Ahem ... "cybernetic", actually.   

       <Collective sniggering>
8th of 7, Nov 05 2016
  

       Some of this already exists in systems which are parliamentary, rather than presidential. In a parliamentary system, if one party barely wins then they can't get much done; they're at the mercy of minor parties and disgruntled back-bench MPs. Therefore, they may have to call another election sooner rather than later.   

       (Regrettably, this has become less true since 2011 in the UK, where the introduction of fixed-term parliaments has allowed virtually mandate-less governments to hang on for longer).
pertinax, Nov 05 2016
  

       For a less than 40% voter turnout situation, mounting a few absent voters' heads on spikes might improve things next term.
whatrock, Nov 05 2016
  
      
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