[EM] Best Ever Single Winner Method?

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Wed May 15 13:21:33 PDT 2019

This is a three slot method: voters can mark candidates "preferred,"
"acceptable," or blank (no mark).

There is a simple, low cost, (but not instant) runoff between the the
candidate with the greatest number of preferred ratings and the candidate
with the greatest approval (preferred plus acceptable ratings).

The runoff is by candidate proxy, i.e. by asset voting.  A candidate's
asset total is the number of ballots (or fractions thereof) on which she is
marked "preferred."

So if you mark three candidates as preferred, each one of them gets a third
of an asset from your ballot.

In general three slot methods get off to a great start, but get bogged down
in deciding what to do when it is not clear whether the approval winner or
the plurality winner should be the method winner.

And every time we propose asset voting we get bogged down in rules to
constrain the candidates to some reasonable way of using their assets to
settle on a winner.

This hybrid method avoids both problems in one fell swoop!
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