Write in votes

Saari Saari at aol.com
Sun May 10 00:36:54 PDT 1998

In a message dated 98-05-08 03:51:40 EDT, you write:

>If "do nothing" is a write-in option, there's no committee involved.

Yes, but "write-in" votes are only really possible in a "vote your top choice"
method (which has other clear flaws such as the vote-splitting problem).

I do not believe it is possible to include write-in votes in any ranked voting
scheme - because there is no data whatsoever regarding that particular write-
in candidate on the OTHER ballots, so the tallying method is not definable.
(Is this true?  Perhaps not?)

Mike Saari

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