[EM] Re: Ranked choice ballots
atarr at purdue.edu
Wed Sep 1 14:21:57 PDT 2004
Rob Brown wrote:
>I have a hard time seeing how ranking can be done well without a touch screen
>or other computer-type interface.
How about simple graded ballots, as Forest has suggested in the past? Each
candidate has A, B, C, D, F listed next to their name. You mark the grade
of your choice. Blank candidates are implicitly given an "E" rating
(between D and F). If six rankings is considered insufficient, then add
plusses and minuses. A+ through D- along with E and F gives 14 distinct
rankings. I think anything more expressive than that is unnecessary, save
perhaps for very rare cases in multi-winner elections. Just six rankings
would be enough for the vast majority of single winner elections.
I think it can be done reliably with a simple optical scanned ballots and
#2 pencils. I like the touch screen ballot too, but I don't think we have
to wait for that for ranked ballots to work.
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