[EM] Debian leader elections analysis
Abd ul-Rahman Lomax
abd at lomaxdesign.com
Tue Nov 1 16:28:14 PST 2005
At 05:49 PM 11/1/2005, Warren Smith wrote:
>I have written a page on this topic which you can read at
From this page:
><http://www.debian.org/vote/2003/vote_0001>2003: 4 canddts+NOTA;
>488 unique votes cast out of 510 accepted votes (200 rejected). This
>was the only one of these 7 elections which was fairly difficult to call.
> * Total unique votes cast=488, which is 58.6% of all possible
> votes, according to Debian.
> * The fact that 200 votes were rejected as invalid versus 510
> accepted as valid, even after 5 years of experience and the best
> software developers in the world voting and programming, strikes me
> as very strong evidence that Debian's Schulze beatpaths voting
> system is just too complicated. It perhaps also proves that IRV
> voting is also just too invalid-vote-genic.
If I read the Debian info page correctly
then I think Warren has misunderstood it. The large number of
rejections came from votes where the vote was not validated (did not
pass "sig check"). These are not votes at all, really. There were
only 23 actual "bad ballots."
(which might mean blank ballots or some other form of spoilage.)
And I will point out that one disaffected member attempting to send
phony ballots could account for all sig check rejections. Though
probably there was more cause than that. Since they sent
acknowledgements, it is quite possible, also, that the rejected
ballots were duplicates, i.e., were later submitted correctly.
In 2005, there were only three "bad ballots." The rest of the
rejected ballots failed "sig check."
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