What OVC does not address

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Apr 16 2004 - 11:54:49 CDT

On Apr 16, 2004, at 11:29 AM, Jeff Almeida wrote:
>> It's outside the scope of OVC to opine on the political merits of
>> various tabulation systems.

> That said, I would caution against dismissing as a political question
> the
> relative merits of various vote-counting processes, when there is
> plenty
> of available literature on the mathematical merits of each.

Yes, there are links in OVC's FAQ to some of this.

And I'll agree with Jeff that OVC can and should make jurisdictions
aware that computer interfaces can make both voting and evaluation of
ranked-preferences (much) easier.

But past that, ABSOLUTELY NOT. OVC is emphatically not in the business
of this type of political advocacy. Moreover, letting possible
opponents argue against OVC by arguing against such incidental issues
is a real danger. Likewise (and for the same reasons), we must not
present ourselves as endorsing one particular political party. Not
doing what OVC doesn't do is almost as important as -doing- what OVC

If Jeff personally wants to join or form a group devoted to advocating
IRV tabulation, more power to him. Likewise, if he wants to work for
changes in the funding of candidates, or for the rules governing access
to airwaves in political races, great. I'm probably politically
sympathetic with such goals--heck, maybe Jeff will convince me to join
the same groups myself. But as long as we wear our OVC hats, we DO NOT
endorse (nor condemn) any of these things.

Yours, David...

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