Always impossible! - not

Saari at Saari at
Wed Jul 15 12:53:06 PDT 1998

In a message dated 98-07-11 01:40:18 EDT, you write:

>Is Mr. Saari suggesting that if 99 poor voters spend $1 each on a choice and
>if 1 rich voter spends $100 to oppose such choice that the rich person should
>prevail ??

No, that's not how it works.  The proposed payoff scale is:
single vote - free
double vote - $1
triple vote - $10
quadruple vote - $100

So in the example given, there are 99 x 2 = 188 total votes in SUPPORT.
There is 1 x 4 = 4 total votes OPPOSED.

The ratio of total SUPPORT over total OPPOSED is 188:4 or  47:1

Assuming a pre-decided "passing ratio for all proposals" of majority, or 4:1,
or 10:1, then the proposal passes easily.  The extravagant OPPOSED voter has
less ability to "buy" the outcome than it might first appear.

I also note that assuming the vote fees are redistributed amongst the
participants, then each poor voter will get back 99c of their $1, PLUS an
additional $1 courtesy of the extravagant OPPOSED voter.  Sounds like a good
deal all around.

Mike S

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