[EM] Question on CVD

Alexander Small asmall at physics.ucsb.edu
Tue Jan 29 12:51:02 PST 2002

I've only been interested in alternative election methods for a short time,
but it seems from my limited exposure that the largest organization devoted
to such reforms is the Center for Voting and Democracy.  Unfortunately,
they advocate instant runoff, and I've concluded (as have most here, I
think) that IRV is rather undesirable compared with Approval and Condorcet.

Do people think it's worthwhile to nonetheless pay the $15 to become a
member of CVD and try to persuade them to change?  This is akin to when the
NAACP director bought stock in the TV networks so he could go to
shareholder meetings and lobby for more diverse casts on prime time shows.
Or, do people think that joining is simply pledging support to a flawed
election method, with little hope for changing their position?

Alex Small

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