How chiralkine systems work

A chiralkine voting system enables a voter to look at all options or candidates from two sides, one from the positive side considering which option the voter is most for and one from the negative side considering which option the voter is most against. The votes on each side are kept separate: a vote for an option does not cancel a vote against the same option.

A voter can select an option or candidate and vote for or against that option in the normal way, but there are also four ways in which the voter can abstain. The voter can use these to indicate information about the voters likes and dislikes that cannot be conveyed in a normal vote.

voting page

The table below shows an example of a vote, in which the voter has voted for, against Candidate A and against, not for Candidate D. The voter is indicating that Candidate A is liked the most of the options given, but wants a different option. This is a form of active abstention. The voter is also indicating that Candidate D should be rejected.


When all of the votes have been collected, it may turn out that a majority of the voters has voted for, not against Candidate D. In a normal voting system, Candidate D would be elected and given power. However, with a chiralkine system, it is possible that an even larger majority of voters has rejected Candidate D. In that case it is likely that giving Candidate D power would produce an unstable government or state. A rerun of the election without Candidate D may give a more stable outcome.

This table provides an example of the results of a hypothetical vote.

example of a chiralkine vote

This is an example of a vote: US Presidential Election. Please give it a try.

The US intelligence services have asserted that Russia interfered in the US presidential election. Had voters likes and dislikes been polled using a chiralkine voting system during the presidential election, it would have been possible to distinguish pro-Trump from anti-Clinton sentiment. Potentially a chiralkine voting system could help protect liberal democracies from outside influences.

This is an example of a completed vote: UK General Election.