[SPAM: #] [EM] Condorcet completed by Approval Elimination , corrected (was re: Approval-completed Condorcet redux)

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Wed Jul 16 13:18:04 PDT 2003

I like your idea.  It takes great pains to not eliminate any candidate who
is still viable at any stage of the game.  It should work great, on
sincere ballots at least.

But after having tried many similar schemes of elimination I have come to
the conclusion that any method that works by elimination tends to
encourage favorite betrayal when favorite isn't thought to have as good a
chance against worst as compromise does.


On Thu, 17 Jul 2003, Chris Benham wrote:

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: re:[EM] Approval-completed Condorcet redux
> Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 06:12:40 +0930
> From: Chris Benham <chrisbenham at bigpond.com>
> To: election-methods-electorama.com at electorama.com
> Sorry, when I first tried to sugest this method (in a posting on Mon.
> July 7,2003),
> I left out a step.
> After much thought, this is my very serious proposal  for the best
> version of  Approval-completed  Condorcet for public elections.
> Voters rank the candidates, equal preferences ok. Also voters insert an
> Approval cutoff, default  is between  1 and 2. (Yes/No option for each
> candidate is also ok, with default being Yes to all the number ones and
> No to the rest.)
> If any candidates are approved by a majority, eliminate the rest. Of
>  the remaining, elect the CW if there is one. If not,eliminate all non-
> members of the Smith set and also the Smith set member with the fewest
> approvals.Of the remaining, elect the CW is there is one.If not then
> eliminate the remaining candidate with the fewest approvals, and so on.
> "When the car gets stuck in the mud, make the horse do as little work as
> it has to to pull the car out. Don't just abandon the car and jump on
> the horse!"
> The car in my metaphor represents the Condorcet method, and the horse
> represents the Approval method.
> One of the main reasons for the first step (eliminating candidates not
> approved by a majority)is to get voters to take the Approval cutoff
> seriously.
> Chris Benham.

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