[EM] Maximum Consent
bcretney at postmark.net
Wed Aug 8 19:43:56 PDT 2001
On 06 Aug 2001 23:11:23 -0400
Buddha Buck <bmbuck at 14850.com> wrote:
> Blake Cretney <bcretney at postmark.net> writes:
> > On Mon, 6 Aug 2001 12:26:25 -0700 (PDT)
> > Forest Simmons <fsimmons at pcc.edu> wrote:
> > > An ordinary Approval ballot has important relevant information
> > > that cannot be deduced from a preference ballot.
> > >
> > > Although a preference ballot may have a greater quantity of
> > > information, the Approval ballot has the most relevant
> > > for consent of the governed: i.e. which candidates could the
> > > willingly give consent to.
> > I'm not even sure that that it is a meaningful statement.
> Buddha Barb
> If we were given approval ballots, we'd get
> [Y] Al Gore [N]
> [N] Pat Buchanan [N]
> [N] Yog Shuggoth [N]
> [N] Cthulhu [N]
> Only on the approval ballot does Barb get to indicate that she
> consent to be governed by Al Gore.
Isn't her ballot equivalent in effect to a spoiled ballot? I can
express anything in any election if I don't care about spoiling my
Or are you assuming some special procedure if no candidate gets above
a majority? That isn't necessarily implied by approval voting.
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