[EM] PR, Approval ballots, "power"
Olli Salmi
olli.salmi at uusikaupunki.fi
Sat Jul 26 00:41:01 PDT 2003
At 08:57 +0200 12.7.2003, Kevin Venzke wrote:
>"Total Power" is an arbitrary number; I've been using 10,000. Suppose there
>are 5 seats to be filled and 100 voters. In that case, every
>elected candidate
>will end up with a fifth of the power (2,000). Ideally every voter should
>get (10000/100) or 100 power.
>
>Let's say I am the only voter (of 100) who voted for a certain
>candidate. If he is
>somehow elected, I personally enjoy 2,000 power, or twenty times too
>much. (The
>idea is that this candidate is only responsible to me.)
>
>Let's say I am one of 90 voters who vote for a certain candidate.
>If he is elected,
>I only enjoy (2000/90) or about 22 power, and am entitled to 78 more (from
>some other candidate). The idea is that this candidate doesn't
>represent me very
>specifically, so he shouldn't cost me as much.
It seems to me that this is exactly the principle that Phragmén's
method has. You use the term power, which he also used in some
writings.
>Maybe something resembling an example will help. Let's say the candidate with
>the most votes got 55 votes. Every ballot starts with strength 100 (that is,
>10000/NumberOfVoters). For the first seat, the method sees that
>5500 ballot strength
>(100 strength times 55 ballots) are "available" for this candidate,
>so he's elected.
This means your method is sequential, like Phragmén's. Are there any
differences from his method?
Olli Salmi
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