[EM] Voting by selecting a published ordering

Simmons, Forest simmonfo at up.edu
Wed Apr 12 10:52:18 PDT 2006

How can we best insert the "selection of a published ordering" option into the following section of recently proposed statutory language that Rep. Toby Nixon is spearheading in Washington State?
Rank-balloting definitions:

To rank a candidate means to assign to that candidate a postive integer that
will be referred to as a rank number.

To rank X over Y means to assign to X a rank number that is lower than the
rank number that one assigns to Y, or else to assign a rank number to X, but
not to Y.


The ballot shall provide a way for voters to rank any or all of the
candidates listed on the ballot--as many or as few candidates as they wish
to rank.

A voter may assign the same rank number to more than one candidate if s/he
wants to--as many as s/he wishes to.

A ballot is spoiled and not counted if it assigns more than one rank number
to any one candidate.

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