Re: Historical election that won't fit in 1-D barcode

From: Steve Chessin <steve_dot_chessin_at_sun_dot_com>
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 19:03:29 CDT

>Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 23:47:00 -0400
>From: David Mertz <voting-project@gnosis.cx>
>Subject: [voting-project] Historical election that won't fit in 1-D barcode

>I don't think treating contests "as if" they were something other than
>what they are is quite reasonable.

It is very reasonable if you're trying to predict what the requirements
on voting equipment will be in a future where Ranked Choice Voting
(both IRV and STV) is the norm, and plurality is the exception.

We can debate (preferably elsewhere, as I don't think such a debate
belongs on this list) what the likelihood of such a future might be,
but as President of Californians for Electoral Reform (<www.cfer.org>),
and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Voting and
Democracy (<www.fairvote.org>), I have to assume that the likelihood is
high, and sooner rather than later. Whether it will happen during the
support lifetime of your first release I can't say, since I have seen
nothing indicating what the expected support lifetime of your first
release is.

--Steve
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