[EM] Low Tech Proxy P.R. Method- Party Variant, 22 Oct 2001
jweins123 at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 24 15:45:59 PDT 2001
As Forest noted: "In the USA (where convenience is right up there with mom
and apple pie)some of these proxy ideas just might catch on!"
Indeed, recall that the USA does use a convoluted doubly proxified method
every four years in the presidential election! Namely, each state holds an
election to choose a slate (of 'Electors') In this contest, a pair -
comprising a presidential candidate and a party - is the usual proxy which
the average voter sees and for which she votes. In turn (for the twist!)
the chosen Electors' sole function is be proxies themselves - namely the
state's voters' proxies for electing a president.
----Original Message Follows----
From: Forest Simmons <fsimmons at pcc.edu>
Reply-To: election-methods-list at eskimo.com
To: election-methods-list at eskimo.com
Subject: Re: [EM] Low Tech Proxy P.R. Method- Party Variant, 22 Oct 2001
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 12:18:39 -0700 (PDT)
Can anybody see even one advantage that any of these low tech proxy PR
variants has over Craig Layton's open list cumulative/approval method?
For Craig's PR proposal see message 7686 of the EM archives:
Craig's method is just as low tech (one bit per candidate) as the
suggested proxy variants, and is easily adapted [follow his EM message
thread!] to give PR results as good as any existing PR method, proxy or
As far as I can see, the only possible advantage of a proxy PR method is
the convenience of just shading one bubble (to designate your proxy) and
letting your proxy worry about how to actually vote.
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