[Election-Methods] RE : Is this Condorcet method reasonable?

Diego Santos diego.renato at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 08:53:51 PST 2007

2007/12/3, Steve Eppley <SEppley at alumni.caltech.edu>:
> Perhaps I failed to emphasize, when I mentioned the withdrawal option a
> few days ago, that it sharply reduces the incentive to vote
> strategically?  A candidate strategically raised over the sincere winner
> could withdraw if necessary to elect the sincere winner, and typically
> would have strong incentives to do so, so why would voters bother
> organizing to misrepresent their preferences?
> If it is agreed that the withdrawal option sharply reduces the voters'
> incentive to vote strategically, then it makes little sense to choose a
> voting method based on comparisons only of methods that don't permit
> withdrawal, and then graft withdrawal onto the chosen method.  It makes
> more sense to include methods that permit withdrawal in the set of
> methods being compared, and choose a method from this larger set.
- Sometimes withdraw option is not applicable (e. g., referenda)
- I think that effective use of CWO should be avoided, because of their
possible negative perception of change of winner after elections.
Diego Santos
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