[EM] Why study only public election proposals?

Dave Ketchum davek at clarityconnect.com
Sat Nov 12 08:04:10 PST 2005

As said below, public single winner elections ARE NOT a "tiny little" 
world.  In fact, they are a big enough topic to not need distraction by 
anything else.

Delegable proxy seems worth serious thought, though likely best in a list 
of its own, for it is a strange thought to many.

Then there are public multi winner elections, for which some dream of 
replacing single winner.  That seems not doable for mayor, governor, etc., 
which are inherently single person offices.  However, multi winner has 
possible advantages for legislators.  Seems to me this is worth a separate 
list, though I do not know of such.

And corporations, schools, unions, religious groups, etc.  For some of 
these secrecy is not important, or not doable.  Seems like these need a 
home for their special requirements.


On Sat, 12 Nov 2005 06:46:48 -0500 James Green-Armytage wrote:

>>There are many uses for election methods besides public election
> 	Agreed.
>>If you want to stay in your tiny little public proposal world, that's
>>fine, but don't expect everybody else to limit themselves to your
>>provincial point of view.
> 	Whom are you addressing here? This list has tended to focus mostly
> (though not exclusively) on public methods. The question of public single
> winner methods is in itself very difficult, and easily provides sufficient
> fodder for a single internet discussion list, but I for one am happy to
> consider methods for other purposes. You may recall my interest in
> delegable proxy methods, iterative voting methods, etc. 
> 	In some smaller groups, greater sincerity can be expected, and thus it
> may be possible to do better than majority rule (Smith efficiency). In
> such cases, maximum social welfare methods and maximum consensus methods
> become quite interesting. I would be happy to get into more discussion
> about these. 
> 	For the sake of clarity, though, when discussing methods not intended for
> public elections, it may be helpful to place frequent reminders in the
> text about the intended use.
> my best,
> James

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