[EM] Unger, wrt tabulation.
David L Wetzell
wetzelld at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 08:39:17 PST 2012
2012/2/2 Stephen Unger <unger at cs.columbia.edu>
>> A fundamental problem with all these fancy schemes is vote
>> tabulation. All but approval are sufficiently complex to make manual
>> processing messy, to the point where even checking the reported
>> results of a small fraction of the precincts becomes a cumbersome,
>> costly operation. (Score/range voting might be workable). Note that,
>> even with plurality voting, manual recounts are rare. With any of the
>> other schemes we would be committed to faith-based elections.
I wanted to mention that Approval-voting enhanced IRV and STV could be
tabulated at the precinct level. You let everyone rank up to 3 candidates
and then you use these rankings to get 3 finalists. You then sort the
votes into ten possible ways people could rank the 3 finalists. But if the
third or fourth most often ranked candidates were within a small percent of
each other then it would not require a manual recount. The IRV cd be done
with two sets of 3 candidates so there'd be twice as much sorting in the
2nd round and then there'd be a manual recount if and only if there's a
different outcome in the two sets of candidates, which is not likely.
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