Reveling the Majority Winner

New Democracy donald at
Mon Oct 19 00:39:23 PDT 1998


     I would like to add an example to my letter of Sun, 18 Oct 1998,

     Consider the following election: 3001 A, 2000 B, 1000 C, plus lower
     We have a majority winner and all the votes of that majority are in
the first choices. The lower choices have no say in the selection of the
majority winner.
     Now, let us shift one vote from A to C as follows: 3000 A, 2000 B, 1001 C
     How much say should the lower choices now have in the selection of a
majority winner?
     Well, the election methods like Approval Voting, Borda Count, and
Condorcet, the ABC methods, will claim that the lower choices should now
have fifty percent or more voice in the selection of the winner.
     No way! The changing of one vote should not cause the rest of the
voters to lose fifty percent of their most preferred choice.

Donald Davison
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>On Fri, 16 Oct 1998 Blake Cretney wrote: "I think we should think of
>majority winners as produced by voters, and merely reveled by methods."
>Dear Blake,
>      I like what you are saying. But, now the argument is: Where does the
>majority lie? I say it lies in the first choices of the voters. The lower
>choices are merely on standby.
>     Election methods like Approval Voting, Borda Count, and Condorcet are
>making too much out of the lower choices. These three methods assume too
>much intelligence in the lower choices. It is not the intent of the voters
>to give the power of the vote to the lower choices at the same time their
>first choice has the vote.
>     I like to think of my first choice as being my Plan A and I wish to
>stay with my Plan A as long as possible. Plans B and C etc are there in the
>event Plan A does not work out.
>Donald Davison
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