[EM] Using weights to compensate multiple votes (It's mostlyabout PR)

James Gilmour jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk
Wed Aug 25 04:20:13 PDT 2004

Philippe Errembault  > Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 11:25 AM
> In fact, I'm trying to find a solution for a problem we have
> in Belgium with a proportional representation system...

The "big" solution is simple: change to STV-PR.  That will solve your specific problem and bring
many other benefits.

> In our country we vote for a specific party, and for a few
> year we can now vote for multiple candidates from the same 
> party. This has consequences since it appears that people 
> voting for multiple candidates have more power than others, 
> but as another consequences, they may eventually also raises 
> the power of the party chosen order.

One part of a "smaller" solution would be to make the list order irrelevant, but that would not
please the party managers.  Even if you did that and allowed voters to mark several candidates
within a given party list, you would not achieve PR within the parties.  To achieve that, you need
preferential AND transferable voting within the parties.  But if you do that, why not go all the way
and allow the voters complete freedom to express preferences across all candidates?  Which will
bring you back to STV-PR.

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