US election info?
seppley at alumni.caltech.edu
Fri Nov 22 12:53:22 PST 1996
Tom R asked:
>I'm looking for some news about two particular results from
>the recent US elections.
> Did Sonny Bono retain his Congressional seat in California?
Yes, with 57% of the vote.
> Did San Francisco's STV proportional representation referendum pass?
No. I think it polled about 35%.
There was a rival proposal on the ballot, which I think passed, and
which I think calls for "vote for only one" single-winner districts.
(If I'm correct, the old system was an at-large "majority wins all"
system where each voter votes for N candidates to fill N seats. If
51% of the voters pick the same candidates, they win all the seats.)
No one proposed using preference voting in single-winner districts,
which may be considered a lesser evil when STV is on the ballot.
But STV lost and the greater evil won.
---Steve (Steve Eppley seppley at alumni.caltech.edu)
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