[EM] What would Tom impose, and how?

Richard Moore rmoore4 at home.com
Mon Apr 2 21:47:39 PDT 2001

Tom Ruen wrote:

> Approval gives people 10 votes among 10 candidates, but denies people the
> right to put more than one vote per candidate. If approval were truly a
> single election, voters ought to be able to put all 10 votes anywhere, like
> cumulative voting.

There's a reason for not allowing that in Approval. Cumulative voting (in
elections) encourages everyone to cast all their votes for their most strategic
(not necessarily favorite) candidate. So it becomes another form of Plurality.

Constraints give a voting system its characteristics. In Approval voting, two
desirable characteristics emerge from the constraint you mention: bullet voting
is discouraged, and sincere voting is encouraged. Both characteristics are lost
with Cumulative.


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