[EM] Why the concept of "sincere" votes in Range is flawed.

Jonathan Lundell jlundell at pobox.com
Tue Dec 2 10:32:45 PST 2008

On Dec 2, 2008, at 10:11 AM, Terry Bouricius wrote:

> Jonathan Lundell wrote regarding Approval voting strategy:
> "It's also obvious that if, for whatever reason, I vote for  
> candidate X, I
> should vote for all the candidates that I prefer to X."
> I note that Jonathan said the voter "should," rather than "would,"  
> which
> is an important distinction...
> That is not the only strategy, nor in some elections the most likely
> strategy for many voters. If I prefer Y to X but love Z, yet also  
> see Y as
> the most likely challenger to my favored Z, I might well vote for X  
> (since
> I prefer X to W, whom I hate, and want W to come in dead last)  
> assuming X
> has little chance of winning or hurting Z any way, but skip Y, even  
> though
> I actually prefer Y to X, so as to not risk hurting Z, and also vote  
> for
> Z. You might say this is poor strategy, or illogical, but I am  
> reasonably
> certain it is the kind of strategy that would occur all the time.

Good point; you're quite right. My claim might be right in the context  
of zero polling knowledge, but not otherwise.

Which is all the worse for Approval.

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