Condorcet pairs on the ballot

Steve Eppley seppley at
Wed Nov 27 10:32:03 PST 1996

Hugh T wrote:
>For three-candidate races, where it is not burdensome, Donald's
>Condorcet ballot may be better even without computers.

I don't think it's wise to allow voters to vote intransitive
preferences.  I don't agree with Hugh that there's something
significant which would be gained.  And it would make voting 
too error-prone.  

For instance, what do you make of the vote:
   A>B, B>C, C>A
Is it more likely such a vote was a mistake or that the voter had an
unusual set of preferences? 

---Steve     (Steve Eppley    seppley at

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