[EM] Does IRV elect "majority winners?"

Jonathan Lundell jlundell at pobox.com
Fri Jan 2 14:40:56 PST 2009

On Jan 2, 2009, at 2:26 PM, Abd ul-Rahman Lomax wrote:

> Elections aren't merely picking some ideal best winner in a bad  
> situation, they are seeking, if a majority is sought, one who will  
> be accepted, *at least*, by most voters.

That may well be a desideratum, but it's not the case in real  
elections. I've certainly contributed (or tried to contribute) to  
majorities by voting for a less-unacceptable candidate. It's rational,  
but it doesn't constitute "acceptance" except in some weak sense,  
perhaps acquiescence. 

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