[EM] 3 choices/5 voters Example

Tom Ruen tomruen at itascacg.com
Wed Apr 11 22:17:38 PDT 2001

In plurality, voters don't have a choice to rank, so the failure of lacking
a majority winner is in the system. In ranked methods, if voters truncate
their ballot, they are saying they don't care to support any other candidate
and a lack of a majority is the problem of the voters. If all or most voters
CHOOSE to truncate after one, then a plurality winner is all we really can

Actually considering that 50% of eligible voters in the U.S. don't choose to
vote means the majority is already lost before we even start counting!

I like the idea of including a None-of-the Above choice (explicit or
implicit) and if this "choice" wins the election, then all the candidates
are discarded and a new election must be held with all new candidates! This
is the ultimate protest vote and perhaps it would motivate a few more
unhappy voters to come to the polls.


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Subject: [EM] 3 choices/5 voters Example

> For newer folks especially (who have been reinventing the political wheel
> the last few months) --
> Problems with divided majorities begin with a simple 3 choices/5 voters
> example--
> 2 A
> 1 M
> 2 Z
> 5
> Who, if anybody, has majority acceptability ???
> Do any of the voters make a second choice (unless there is a majority
> requirement for election) ???

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