Re: Fwd: RE: News re preference voting or IRV

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Apr 06 2005 - 05:48:59 CDT

I'm a proponent of Approval Voting, where you vote FOR as many
candidates as you want, and the one with the highest vote totals
wins. This approach also works when there are n seats open, in which
case the top n vote getters win. Note that this approach completely
eliminates overvotes, can be incrementally tabulated (unlike IRV),
and is simple to understand and vote. It also requires little change
to printed ballots. It would have eliminated a large part of the
problem of the "butterfly ballots" in Palm Beach County in 2000.

Best regards,

At 2:53 PM -0400 4/5/05, David Mertz wrote:
>On Apr 5, 2005, at 8:21 AM, wrote:
>>I may be the only person in America who currently advocates this,
>>but has anyone assessed the idea of positive and negative (aka Pro
>>and Con) voting? That would be to allow each vote to be either a
>>positive vote for a candidate or a negative vote against one of the
>>candidates. In order to win one must achieve a positive total.
>I like the idea.
>Of course, most office would go unfilled when every candidate had a
>substantial negative total ;-). Probably that's a good feature of
>the system as well.

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