[EM] Re: CR style ballots for Ranked Preferences
rmoore4 at home.com
Wed Sep 26 17:49:41 PDT 2001
DEMOREP1 at aol.com wrote:
> D- This is getting stranger and stranger.
> An election is based on the valid ballots cast and legally counted (by the
> election method being used) --- nothing more and nothing less.
> Nothing new since the first election -- in what year (500 B.C. ???) ???
> A disqualified ballot is not a ballot (or anything else). B's initial
> apparent win was illegal.
And they will get stranger still when party C reveals
it has "discovered" that 100 or so of its voters were
illegally registered, and says those ballots should be
removed, making C the "legitimate" winner. Party C will
of course disavow any prior knowledge of the illegal
ballots. But what other illegal ballots still remain
It seems to me that, in the worst-case scenario, this
could lead to Fla.-style nightmares, only with the
parties paradoxically seeking to get some of their own
supporters' ballots thrown out.
Granted, the occassional consistency failure isn't the end
of the world, but these sorts of problems should not be
dismissed off-handedly. If a method fails consistency on a
frequent basis then probably we should think twice before
using that method.
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