[EM] ignoring "strength of opinion"
andru at cs.cornell.edu
Wed Nov 30 21:28:40 PST 2005
On Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 03:17:23PM -0800, rob brown wrote:
> I believe that condorcet elections intentionally ignore "strength of
> opinion" information for the exact same practical reason. Since there is
> no way to avoid collecting some strength of oopinion information (while
> still collecting the information we *do* need), we have to consciously,
> intentionally ignore that information in the tabulation. This is NOT a
> bad thing.
I agree completely. If you want range voting to work, I think you have to
provide voters with an incentive not to amplify: i.e., cast a ballot with
high-strength preferences when the actual preference is weak. For example, it
could simply be made inconvenient to do so (maybe you have to visit multiple
voting booths). Or by charging $X or X% of your yearly earnings. Or by
preventing the voter from voting in the next N elections. I don't think these
make sense for US political elections, but I'm sure there are some plausible
scenarios where this kind of incentive mechanism would be workable.
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