Re: What is Data Model FOR?

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 08:20:28 CDT

At 1:16 PM +0000 4/29/04, wrote:
> >Aggregation is likely to involve move than a simple counter. Maybe the
>>counter suffices for a first pass, on some kinds of races. But
>>consider, for example either N of M or ranked-preference contests. The
>>tallying of rank orders involves more than just counting the votes; for
>>example, in IRV, it would go through stages with reassignments of votes
>>and recounts.
>>It -might- be important to the aggregation to create totals by districts
>>of various sorts. Elections might not be by simple vote count, but
>>rather by weights assigned to subsets of the electorate. The US
>>Electoral College is an example of this at a national level, but I
>>understand that some cities handle council elections according to
>>similar indirect rules.
>I've personally never heard of such an election in American
>political elections, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Can
>you supply the name of the jurisdiction that held or currently holds
>such elections. I'll contact them, learn their rules, and make
>BTW -- I've seen a number of the new voting machines and not one
>that I've seen has this feature. If there is a need for it, I'll
>take great pleasure in designing a data layout that will support
>processing the votes.

I understand that the City and County of San Francisco, California
wants to use IRV.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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