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On Thu, 27 Apr 2000, Robin Hanson wrote:

*> I never cared that much for Borda counting, but I do like approval
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*> voting, which is intuitive and easy to explain, and
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*> does seems to clearly improve on simple plurality.
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*> For listeners: approval voting is where each voter gets to vote for as many
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*> or few candidates as you want. The winners is the one with the most votes.
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I like a modified form of elimination. We have the technology for it, of

course. Simple elimination is where all the candidates are ranked, then

in the first iteration, the candidate with the fewest #1 votes is

eliminated, and the other canditates "move up a notch" on the relevant

ballots. This is repeated as many times as there are candidates, minus

one. In a modified version, we could first eliminate outright anyone who

fell below a certain low average, and then maybe count #1, #2, and #3

votes for the first round or two in a large field.

Of course, it's going to be economically irrational for an individual to

vote, let alone spend time researching candidates, in any large election.

So, while the math/statistics here is intriguing, it doesn't make

democracy work.

--J. Goard--

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