[EM] IRV / RCv advances

Abd ul-Rahman Lomax abd at lomaxdesign.com
Wed Jul 18 19:35:25 PDT 2018

I'm not getting my message across.

On 7/18/2018 1:30 PM, Richard Lung wrote:
> Thankyou for your discussion.
> I just pick-up on two or three points. People often think of first, 
> second, third choices, in terms of a poor choice for a single vacancy, 
> so that their second choice, or even their first, is not someone they 
> really want. A fifth choice in a large multi-member constituency, 
> equitably elected, can be a better choice than a first choice for a 
> single vacancy.
I'm encouraging looking at basic democratic process, as has been 
practiced in NGOs for centuries. NGOs, generally, don't allow members to 
name proxies (while share corporations uniformly do so). Most small 
organizations don't have any representative assembly. They may elect 
boards, and board members are more like officers than representatives 
(though multiwinner methods might be used).

I'm pointing out that if I cannot choose my representative to an 
allegedly representative assembly, I am not represented. Rather, my 
district might be represented, i.e., a majority in my district, or some 
quota. Not me.

Imagine this concept for choosing a representative assembly. Candidates 
are listed and people openly vote for them, and can change their votes 
at any time. When a quota of people choose a candidate, the candidate 
gains a seat. All seats, then, represent by choice the same number of 
people. (The system stops accepting votes for a candidate, when the 
candidate gains a quota).

Then add this tweak: if candidates may still accept votes after reaching 
the quota, they may then transfer the votes to other candidates. This, 
then, becomes Asset. It is very close to direct choice of representation.

It is simple, optimal voting strategy is totally obvious -- vote for 
your best choice -- and is then compatible with secret ballot in the 
primary election, which simply creates electors who then have so many 
votes to transfer to create seats, and who may serve to reassign votes 
as needed pending the next full election.

The electoral college, then, represents the/entire electorate,/ by 
direct choice.

I would have the Assembly formed decide its own rules, as is 
traditional. Because deliberative democracy is essential (not merely 
aggregative popular democracy), I would handle all officer elections in 
the Assembly, officers to serve at the pleasure of the Assembly. I.e., a 
parliamentary system.

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