[EM] A Small Loss

Narins, Josh josh.narins at lehman.com
Wed Aug 21 16:18:51 PDT 2002

Maybe now would be the time to approach the new lady with a letter of the

	We know Cynthia said some unusual things, and for that, we are not
so sorry to see her go, but she also held some views important to us, views
existing outside the realm of partisanship or conspiracy theories [note: at
least for some of us :) ]

	This interest is voting methods, blah, blah, blah

	We, the undersigned,

the man next door

	Thank you

-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Small [mailto:asmall at physics.ucsb.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 2:23 PM
To: election-methods-list at eskimo.com
Subject: [EM] A Small Loss

Yesterday, in a Georgia primary election for the Democratic nomination,
Rep. Cynthia McKinney was defeated.  This is a small loss for election
reform advocates because she was one of the few members of Congress whom
I've heard support PR and alternative single-winner methods.

(I won't comment on McKinney's stances on other issues, which people on
this list may or may not agree with.  Her overall merits or flaws as a
public servant are matters for another forum.  I'll merely observe that,
for the purposes of this single-issue forum, her defeat was a loss.)

Let's hope for the best this November.  Maybe other candidates out there
support PR and alternative single-winner methods.  Also, for those who
dislike IRV, keep this one consolation in mind:

If an IRV initiative passes, it will indicate that the voters are open to
alternative election methods.  Even though many of us here can point to
perversities like nonmonotonicity and so forth, it's a safe bet that most
people who vote in favor of IRV will do so unaware of such phenomena, only
wanting to put in place a reform that they believe will make elections
more competitive.  Politically, such _voters_ are our allies, regardless
of technical disagreements with staunch IRV advocates.

That's all for now, folks.


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