Re: [OVC-discuss] What if N of M contest is 96 of 600?

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 14:35:37 CST

This is like any other N of M contest: you vote for as many as you like up to N. The top N vote getters from the M candidates, are elected.

OVC adopted a policy a long time ago to remain neutral on methods. I think that was a good idea. If we get into advocating particular methods, that would introduce side issues and potential liabilities that we don't need and aren't central to our mission.

If they want ranked choice, we'll do it for them*. But it has to be something they want... not something we feel would be better for them.

Alan D.
* and, they have to be willing to pay for that. Actually, it's not as trivial as you imply. Depending on the ranking depth (i.e., how many you can rank for each slot), with this many candidates, it may be too much data to barcode, even for a 2-d scanner. They'd have to go with a flat bed scanner. If they want to process ballots quickly, now you're probably talking about a $5,000 scanner instead of the $100 barcode reader.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Dylan Hirsch-Shell
  To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
  Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 11:40 AM
  Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] What if N of M contest is 96 of 600?

  Alan,

  Your idea for an interface sounds reasonable to me. Out of curiosity, though, what method are they using for electing the delegates? Can voters select as few or as many candidates as they'd like, or do they have to select exactly 96? Are winners chosen by just adding up all votes for all candidates and top 96 get elected? Do they have a majority criterion?

  Since the process will be automated now, if they're not already using a good multiwinner method like Single Transferrable Vote or Reweighted Range Voting you might suggest that they switch to one of these. If they were to adopt either one of these, then the interface would have to allow for rankings or ratings to go along with each candidate, but this shouldn't present any significant issues for a skilled programmer.

  -Dylan

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