Re: Diebold does PR? Why not us?!

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Tue May 24 2005 - 14:26:40 CDT

> There are numerous other ways to score ranked-preference votes than
> IRV/STV. Popular ones include Condorcet and Borda. Each voter still
> assigns #1, #2, etc. How the ballots are combined is a different
> algorithm. By Arrow's Theorem, *every* algorithm has its own
> "paradoxes". But different people feel differently about the relative
> strengths of the algorithms. IRV is probably easiest for everyday
> voters
> to -understand-. Condorcet is probably most resistant to "tactical
> voting."

I'll check out Arrow's Theorem. But I'd argue that IRV isn't so easy
for non-techies to understand. I've chatted with a variety of other
folks about it, and most found it at least a little confusing. Probably
preference voting is the easiest to understand. In this system, the
voter ranks each candidate's appeal from, say, 0 (awful) to 10 (great),
and the candidate with the largest number of points wins.

-R

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