[EM] Advantages of CR style ballots

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Fri Dec 28 13:54:51 PST 2001

On Fri, 28 Dec 2001, Anthony Simmons wrote:

> >> From: Forest Simmons <fsimmons at pcc.edu>
> >> Subject: Re: [EM] Advantages of CR style ballots
> >> Anthony's account of practical considerations is very
> >> interesting.
> >> Based on those practical considerations here's a
> >> suggestion on how to design an unconstrained CR ballot:
> >> Each voter marks a smudge to the right of each candidate's
> >> name.  The smudgier the smudge, the higher the rating. The
> >> mechanical smudge reader automatically calibrates to each
> >> ballot by giving the smudgiest smudge on the ballot a
> >> rating of 100 percent, while zeroing out the lightest
> >> smudge (or lack thereof).
> >> Forest
> Cool.  We could let pets fill out our ballots.  Or maybe the
> dog (people person) votes for candidates and cat (introvert)
> does the propositions.  If it's a choice between an
> advertising agency and a dog, I'll go with the dog.

They say that even cockroaches can sense impending earthquakes.  I wonder
if they can tell which candidate is least likely to precipitate a nuclear

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