# [EM] IRV-like Virtual districts

raphfrk at netscape.net raphfrk at netscape.net
Thu Dec 21 03:33:31 PST 2006

``` Electing a 'centerist' House normally requires districts. For example, a House that was
elected with condorcet from single seat districts would be mainly centerists.

Anyway, here is the proposed method:

The districts are numbered 1 to N

A candidate stands 1 district.

The voter ranks all (or some) of the districts and
indicates his vote for the ones he ranks.

The quota is set at the the Hare quota.

Votes are then fractionally transferred between districts like IRV. At the
end each district will have total votes equaling 1/N of the votes cast.

The winner in each district wins a seat.

I can see the ballot getting pretty complex. It might require some kind
of write in system and maybe a max number of districts you can indicate
a vote for.

For example, a voter could vote (assume Approval used)

1) District 7, Approve A,B
2) District 3, Approve F
3) District 1, Approve H,I,K

200% of a quota's worth of voters vote district 7 as first choice.

This means that only 50% of the voter's vote is consumed for voting in
district 7.

The vote might end up being

50%: Approve A,B
45%: Approve F
5%: Approve H, I, K

The system at least assures that each district has the same number of voters.

A majority would have to try to split its votes evenly throughout the
districts. There is no point in winning a district 99% to 1% by having all of their
voters vote in that district.

The system effectively allows people to change district at will. I wonder if
the result would be stable or unstable (I am leaning towards unstable). There
would be an incentive for minorities to converge on districts that they lost 55
to 45, causing instability. This effect would be reduced if representatives
actually represented their district in its entirety. Also, if representatives said
that they will be concentrating on a certain geographical area, this would help fix
districts to certain areas providing more stability.
Raphfrk
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