[EM] Voting by selecting a published ordering

Dave Ketchum davek at clarityconnect.com
Sat Apr 8 18:44:06 PDT 2006

On Sat, 08 Apr 2006 19:20:15 +0200 Jobst Heitzig wrote:

> Dear Dave!
>>My second, and last, phase would be Ranked Choice, with Condorcet counting 
>>- really no more difficult to get the capability and define it for voters.
>>Also approved is a complication I would drop - I see little demand, while 
>>anyone whose brain works this way can rank multiple candidates equally.
> Don't you agree that counting ranked ballots is considerably more difficult than counting "also approved" ballots?

First, there are many possibilities that are improvements over Plurality - 
and thus worth some extra effort.

Computers have become affordable enough to often make the extra effort 
      BTW - the current horror stories about misuse of computers can even 
occur with Plurality - they need more attention to demanding quality work 
- just as I assume the banks see to with ATMs.  Proper design takes a bit 
of extra effort but building and programming a zillion good computers 
costs little more than a zillion copies sf junk.

Assuming "also approved" is synonymous with "approved", the counting is 
simple but, as soon as my vote can affect the result and I WANT to say:
     FOR A
     Vote against C interfering with A, BUT for C being preferred over B

I cannot say this with approval.

If "also approved" is different from "approved", the counting becomes more 
complex and I argue for going to Condorcet with an easy task to define the 
more capable ballot to voters.

Recording ballots in a Condorcet array is trivial as to complexity, but 
monotonous enough that it should be left to computers.

Interpreting Condorcet arrays is usually simple enough to do without a 
computer, but best left to a computer with the rules programmed in for 
cycles, which can happen.

> Yours, Jobst

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