[EM] Nanson in Wisconsin or Michigan?

Markus Schulze markus.schulze at alumni.tu-berlin.de
Wed Jan 22 10:15:21 PST 2003

Dear Steve,

you wrote to Mike Ossipoff (21 Jan 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?

I guess that Mike mixed up Wisconsin and Michigan.

Mike wrote (10 Feb 1996):
> Nanson's method repeatedly eliminates the candidate with
> lowest Borda score. It was used in a Wisconsin city at one
> time, and still is proposed once in a while.

In so far as Mike was talking about citywide elections and not
about statewide elections and in so far as the Nanson method has
also been used in a Michigan city, Mike would have also mentioned
this Michigan city if he hadn't already been talking about this
Michigan city. In short: This "Wisconsin city" seems to be
Marquette, Michigan.

Tom Round wrote (7 Jan 1997):
> Nanson's method, according to McLean, was adopted by the
> following bodies:
> a) Trinity College (the Anglican residential college of Uni
>    of Melbourne)
> b) elections to the Assembly and Canonry of the Melbourne
>    Anglican Diocese
> c) the University of Melbourne, 1926-82, for election of its
>    University Councillors and academic committees.
> d) since 1968, election of the Council of the University of
>    Adelaide
> e) the municipal elections of Marquette, Michigan, in the
>    1920s.

Markus Schulze

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