Cumulative voting hasn’t always proven popular. Illinois scrapped a cumulative voting system in the early 1980s because “outcomes were not viewed as being representative of the (majority of the) people,” said Donald Saari, who teaches economics and math at UC Irvine. Candidates in Illinois urged residents not to “waste” their votes by splitting them up, and groups sometimes banded together to trade votes or otherwise vote strategically, Saari said.

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