Re: Left off the ballot?

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Apr 15 2004 - 22:46:36 CDT

On Apr 15, 2004, at 6:43 PM, Steve Chessin wrote:
>> ranked-order contests provide a *whole lot* of possible options
> As a supporter of ranked-order contests (Intant Runoff Voting and the
> Choice Voting/STV form of proportional representation), I recognize
> that hazard and assert that the advantages of IRV...

Just to be clear: In discussing the amount of information encoded by
ranked-order contests (and attacks that might enable), I am
emphatically -not- stating any opinion on the merit of ranked-order
contests (nor about the various methods for evaluating those ranks).

It's outside the scope of OVC to opine on the political merits of
various tabulation systems. But most certainly, OVC needs to
accommodate any jurisdiction that -does- decide to use ranked-order
voting--and also implement any tabulation method that jurisdiction
decides to use.

If a particular voting style could enable a technical attack, that's
just something we have to deal with as such (and protect against, as
best possible). It's a requirement for OVC compliance with voting
needs, not a matter that OVC attempt to influence in any direction.
Similarly with write-in rules for jurisdictions--we don't pontificate
on what are "reasonable" write-in restrictions, we just allow voters to
follow the rules that exist (in a verifiable, secure, and transparent
way).

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