[EM] Question on CVD

Anthony Simmons asimmons at krl.org
Tue Jan 29 21:02:07 PST 2002

> I would be surprised if they actually allow much of a forum for
> dissenting opinion, but I could be wrong.  I wonder how many IRV critics
> it would take to make a difference there?

If it's like most such organizations, it would be more trouble to shift
the balance than to set up a new organization.  With the Internet, the
appearance need not have much relation to reality.  An organization might
be nothing more than a web site, someone's home computer, and a few
voluteers, but if there are plenty of press releases and op-eds, it could
appear to have the stature of the United Nations.

> Alexander Small wrote:
> > 
> > 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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