[EM] MUMA like method with MJ style ballots

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Tue Oct 4 17:52:56 PDT 2016

How about Grade style ballots as in Majority Judgment, but simple MUMA
style counting:

Each voter assigns grades A, B, C, D, or F to each of the candidates.  A
blank counts as an E, between D and F.

Elect the pairwise winner between the candidate with the greatest number of
votes above C (pretty good), and the greatest number of votes above D (not
too bad)

It seems to me that this simple method would be even more apt than MJ to
elicit sincere ballots.  In fact, if the pretty good (PG) and not too bad
(NTB) marks were not strictly required to be consistent with the grade
marks, then there would be no incentive to vote insincere grades or to
collapse preferences beyond the built in resolution constraint
corresponding to only six levels.

It would be fun to see if voters did vote their grades consistent with
their PG and NTB marks when not required to.

For more resolution in the pairwise comparison allow grades with plus (+)
or minus (-) attached.

And while we're proposing simple methods, don't forget basic single winner
asset voting as first advocated by Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll).

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