[EM] Condorcet How?

Raph Frank raphfrk at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 06:25:10 PDT 2010

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 4:54 AM, robert bristow-johnson
<rbj at audioimagination.com> wrote:
> is that why IRV
> (under whatever name) was first plugged for government elections in
> multiparty environments?

It seems that what Fairvote want is PR-STV.

The hope is presumably, that if they can get voters used to ranked
ballots and eliminations with IRV, they can then argue that moving
onto PR-STV is just changing to the multiseat version of IRV.

This means that by choosing IRV as step 1, it makes step 2 easier.
However, they seem to be losing footing with the first step.  Also, if
IRV does lose ground, it might make PR-STV even harder to sell as it
could be linked with IRV.

A better plan could have been to go for condorcet first to get people
used to ranked ballots and then try for PR-STV.  At least then, the
problems with IRV wouldn't have occurred.  Also, condorcet (or
approval) would help weaken party central authority, and so make PR
more thinkable.

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