[EM] Re: Use a "turkey" filter

Chris Benham chrisbenham at bigpond.com
Wed Jul 2 03:04:02 PDT 2003

In  Australia in Federal and most  State elections there is a ridiculous 
and indefensible requirement for voters to  put a number in every box. 
Most voters (certainly nearly all those with no clear, sincere second 
and lower preferences) just fill out their ballots as their favourite 
party advises them. These advising parties certainly do understand the 
electoral system, so you can be sure that if  the method used was 
Condorcet (especially with truncation allowed)  they would not be 
advising  voters to elect so-called  "turkeys"
I can see no reason in principle why a  CW with no first preference 
votes  is necessarily  in any way illegimate (or a "turkey").

With secret voting, a reqirement  for some minimum number of  nominators 
is fairly meaningless. I  think in some parts of the US a certain 
minimum number of signatures  will get a person (or a proposition?) on 
the ballot, and there I  believe they can easily be bought. Maybe with 
Condorcet, candidates should have to achieve some minimum  Borda score 
to get their cash deposit back.

Chris Benham

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