[EM] Unranked IRV versus Approval

Anthony Simmons asimmons at krl.org
Mon Apr 2 15:37:02 PDT 2001

>> From: Tom Ruen
>> Subject: Re: [EM] Unranked IRV versus Approval - divergent winners exist!

>> My main defense for and attraction to Unranked-IRV is that
>> it satisfies the one vote/seat rule of our current
>> elections. It is a good compromise in my opinion since it
>> is just another way to count approval ballots. I like that
>> approval votes could still be used for measuring support
>> for each party, and split votes can be used to determine
>> elimination order.

But it's already been demonstrated that whether there is one
vote or more per seat is just a matter of definition.  If a
perceived problem turns out to be a trivial technicality that
depends on an arbitrary definition, why should matter?

What is so special about the number of marks on the paper?
Why is one vote/seat a good rule?  Yes, I understand that it
reminds us of what we have now, but if that's what counts,
the best thing we could do is use Plurality, which is as
close as we can get to what we have now.

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