[EM] Introduction (cont.)

DEMOREP1 at aol.com DEMOREP1 at aol.com
Mon Aug 6 20:00:36 PDT 2001

In a message dated 8/6/01 8:12:06 PM, Mr. Simmons wrote:

<<A zero to ten "Olympic" range ballot can be the basis for head-to-head
comparisons similar to the head-to-head comparisons of Condorcet methods.>>
D - 

The theory again- on an *absolute scale* a choice can get a plus 100 percent 
rating to a minus 100 percent rating.

With computerized voting machines the voters could in theory make such plus 
100 to minus 100 ratings for each choice.

However, a minority of voters (circa 5 percent of all voters) can barely vote 
a simple X (for a variety of reasons) --- See the various reports floating 
around on the internet about the 2000 President votes fiasco in Florida and 
various reforms being proposed.

Quite a while back I noted that a scale ranking system could use twice the 
number of choices.

Example ---

4 choices
Highest 8 to 5 (plus 100 to zero rating), Lowest 4 to 1 (zero to minus 100 

The problem with all the various reform election methods is that for ANY of 
them to get adopted in the U.S.A. (with the current vast low level of 
political knowledge therein), it or they must be *more than a little simple* 
--- i.e. barely more complex than a simple plurality X vote.

I have thus suggested that only something like a simple YES/NO combined with 
number votes (1 = first choice, 2 = second choice, etc.) even remotely has a 
chance of getting adopted in the near future in the U.S.A.

A simple 100 to 0 scale vote might also have a chance for adoption ---- with 
some major public education for marginal *dummy* voters that 100 would be the 
highest (and NOT the lowest).

Note to non-U.S.A. folks on this list--- the political intelligence level 
seems to be getting lower and lower in the U.S.A. (due to such things as 
color TV, video games, a zillion TV cable channels (with lots of mindless 
junk), etc. and shows up in so-called public discussions about various issues 
by *politicians* / candidates.

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