[EM] Approval with 2 ballotings
asmall at physics.ucsb.edu
Thu Jan 2 22:05:44 PST 2003
MIKE OSSIPOFF said:
> The more one looks at the 2-balloting Approval hybrids, the better
> plain Approval looks in comparison.
This discussion was originally motivated by a concern over crowded
fields of candidates. Partisan races solve this with primaries, and
non-partisan races solve it with 2-step runoff. Perhaps plain approval
should be used unless the number of candidates exceeds some threshold,
at which point a plurality primary is used, and the top N candidates
advance, unless somebody gets a majority. N can be chosen according to
what people view as the maximum number of candidates in a quality
Then, in the second round, use plain approval.
Of course, if the field of candidates is not too large, a single round
with plain approval should suffice.
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