A: Nope! Both the Independent Party of Oregon and the Democratic Party of Oregon raved about the performance of STAR Voting.

The Independent Party of Oregon used STAR Voting in the 2020 statewide primary election. Read the case study here. 

The Democratic Party of Oregon used STAR Voting in their 2020 statewide delegate selection elections for the Democratic National Convention. Read about it  here.


Independent Party of Oregon

The Eugene Voters' Pamphlet features an endorsement from the Independent Party of Oregon (p. 16) stating:

“STAR Voting worked perfectly.… STAR Voting is a simple yet vast improvement over conventional Plurality Voting.”

The Independent Party of Oregon used STAR Voting in their 2020 primary, but didn't hold a 2022 primary election due to concerns of acting as a spoiler in the gubernatorial election. However, they plan to use STAR the next time they hold an election. 


The Democratic Party of Oregon 

After 18 months of study, the state party Election Integrity Caucus released its Alternative Voting Methods Report, in which STAR Voting emerged as the method that best met criteria called for in our state party platform. "It’s a game-changer for democracy and we are leading the way.”

The report summarizes:

“The committee has concluded that STAR Voting, overall, provides the most consistent best results of all studied alternative voting methods. Thus, we recommend adoption of STAR for all internal parity elections as well as state and government elections as soon as possible.”

The Election Integrity Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon, which created the report, has endorsed STAR Voting.  

The Democratic Party of Oregon adopted STAR as a trial for a single election, intending to try other voting methods as well before making the final decision to adopt a method permanently. 


Q: Is STAR Voting committed to open sourced implementation? Q: How does STAR Voting help marginalized communities? Q: What's wrong with our current system? Q: Is this the same as Ranked Choice Voting? Q: Why bother with the automatic runoff? Shouldn’t we just elect the candidate with the highest score? Q: What if I give both finalists the same score? Q: Would STAR Voting cost money or save money? Q: What if voter behavior isn't ideal under STAR Voting? Q: Is STAR Voting vulnerable to strategic voting? Q: Why is it a 0 through 5 star rating? Not more or less? Q: Does STAR Voting pass One-Person-One-Vote? Q: Is STAR Voting constitutional? Q: Has STAR Voting been used for elections before? Q: Can we use STAR Voting for Presidential elections? Q: Can STAR Voting elect winners who are not majority preferred? Q: Are STAR Voting elections secure? Q: Does the League of Women Voters Support or Oppose STAR Voting? Q: Why is a blank counted as a zero? Q: Are STAR Voting ballots "summable," or do they require centralized tabulation? Q: Why doesn't RCV break two-party domination? Q: Wasted Votes?: What's the difference between an exhausted ballot in RCV and an equal preference vote in STAR? Q: Will voters bullet vote with STAR Voting? Q: How are ties in STAR Voting broken? Q: What is a preference matrix? Q: Does STAR Voting fail the Later No Harm criterion? Q: Wouldn't I want to "bury" a strong second choice and give a higher score to a weaker opponent to help my favorite win? Q: Is STAR Voting compatible with Electoral Fusion (aka Fusion Voting)? Q: Did the Independent Party and Democratic Party of Oregon abandon STAR Voting?