[Election-Methods] Simple two candidate election
rob at karmatics.com
Thu Dec 20 23:59:41 PST 2007
On Dec 20, 2007 10:07 PM, Juho <juho4880 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> I think there is no single definition of democracy in the sense that
> it would determine which voting method is the best (for all
Yeah, not looking for that. There is a reason I restricted it to one
simple type of election. (well, I later added another type, numerical
Arrow's theorem has been reworded "There is no consistent method by
which a democratic society can make a choice (when voting) that is
always fair when that choice must be made from among 3 or more
And all I wanted to know was, can we agree that we can be "always
fair" in a case where there are only two candidates?
My understanding is that Arrow believed that a two candidate election
was trivially solvable, by a simple majority vote.
Meanwhile, I believe the general opinion of those who advocate Range
Voting is that it is NOT solvable, because Range Voting people are
after a different sort of fairness than what Arrow was after.
That's where I was trying to go with this. I'm trying, really hard,
to understand where Range Voting fans are coming from.
Sorry if it just confused people.
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