Elections: Single-Winner Methods

DEMOREP1 at aol.com DEMOREP1 at aol.com
Mon Apr 29 15:17:56 PDT 1996

1. The 1 vote Plurality method is intolerable because it routinely produces a
minority winner compared to a majority winner. Thus,  I say again that the
majority standard is the only standard for both electing and defeating
candidates. See-- Condorcet Math in all Elections, April 13, 1996. 

In other words, the Condorcet loser criterion is a critical part of having a
system in which a candidate who is rejected by a majority loses.

2. Since any reform proposal has to be in constitutional language to avoid
statutory manipulation by legislative bodies, such proposal must contain all
defenses (such as the Smith set) in the first version. Amending constitutions
about basic aspects of elections is ultra-difficult. The numerous opponents
to any change in the status quo (especially incumbent legislators nominated
and/or elected by pluralities) will immediately bring up every possible bad
example to a single vote reform proposal. If any example produces an
anti-majority winner, then the proposal most certainly deserves not to exist
for public elections.

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