Re: question about hand-heldstatisticaldevices in the field

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon Dec 24 2007 - 15:29:31 CST

On Dec 21, 2007, at 7:27 PM, Jerry Depew wrote:

> Alan's plan sounds a lot like the "America Plan" advocated by
> linked here:

That's not a bad plan.

The official channel for reporting caucus results could certainly
be augmented with alternative channels. If someone like Bev
Harris wants to help set up such a channel, it would be a great
idea. The one annointed channel ought to see some competition,
and a grass-roots channel where individuals were invited
to report the numbers from their caucuses would be a good thing.
Beware, in such a channel, of idiots who try to game it by reporting
bogus numbers.

The interest some have in seeing the raw numbers from the Iowa
Caucuses is interesting, but those raw numbers are something that
every primary brings out. Caucuses show you something else.
If push comes to shove and your candidate has limited support,
who would you support. Caucuses force people to make such
accommodations. Primaries don't, unless you start running
primaries using some kind of ranked choice scheme -- approval
voting is ranked choice with just two rankings, but I'll take
straight ranking schemes or even instant runoff voting if
someone's willing to let me have them. They're all better than
plurality voting.

As an aside, critics of the status quo like to point out how
atypical Iowa and New Hampshire are, while ingnoring the fact that,
in other dimensions of the puzzle, Iowa, at least, is fairly

West Virginia is the most rural state in the country, with 36 percent
of the populations living in urban areas. Iowa is 60 percent urban,
California is 92 percent urban. Other states in the 60's include
Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Nebraska,
Alaska, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Virginia
and Minnesota.

New Jersey has a median household income of $64.2K. It's $47.5K in
Iowa, $35.3K in Mississippi. The median is also in the 47's in
Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Michigan.

                Doug Jones
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