[EM] Nanson in Wisconsin or Michigan?

Steve Barney barnes99 at vaxa.cis.uwosh.edu
Tue Jan 21 13:26:32 PST 2003


Are you sure you didn't mean to say "Michigan," rather than "Wisconsin." The 
quote you provided in a later message say Michigan, not Wisconsin. I know that 
the "Second Choice" method was used here (WI) in the statewide election of 
1914, but that is a form of the IRV method, not Nanson's. Can you provide the 
quote which claims Wisconsin (not Michigan) used Nanson's method?


--- In election-methods-list at yahoogroups.com, Markus Schulze 
<markus.schulze at a...> wrote:
> Dear Alex,
> you wrote (20 Jan 2003):
> > Mike Ossipoff wrote (20 Jan 2003):
> > > Nanson was used in Wisconsin for a while. So far as I know,
> > > the only Condorcet Criterion method ever used in public
> > > political elections.
> >
> > When was this?  For what elections?  I'm originally from
> > Wisconsin.  I'm curious why it was adopted and why it was
> > abandoned.  Anyway, if you can point me to a reference (be
> > it on the web or from a library) that would be great.
> Hoag and Hallett wrote (Clarence Gilbert Hoag, George Hervey
> Hallett, "Proportional Representation," MacMillan Company, New
> York, page 491, 1926):
> >    The Nanson system gives the voter an opportunity of expressing
> > as many choices as he pleases, the form of ballot recommended
> > being like that used for the single transferable vote. But the
> > rules for transfer provided under the single transferable vote
> > are replaced under the Nanson system by rules for deducing the
> > result arithmetically from the figures marked on all the ballots.
> >    The only place where this system is used for public elections,
> > so far as we know, is the city of Marquette, Michigan. There
> > it is applied to the election of all city officials. Wakefield,
> > Michigan, also adopted it, but has never used it because of
> > doubts as to its constitutionality.
> Markus Schulze

Steve Barney

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