[EM] Yes/?/No

Andy Jennings elections at jenningsstory.com
Fri Nov 6 22:34:52 PST 2020

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 6:34 PM robert bristow-johnson <
rbj at audioimagination.com> wrote:

> > On 10/31/2020 9:03 PM Forest Simmons <fsimmons at pcc.edu> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Approval is one of the easiest election methods to explain and to
> understand; the ballots are identical to traditional FPP ballots except the
> instructions now say to mark the names of all of the candidates that you
> like instead of only one of them. As before the winner is the candidate
> with the greatest number of likes.
> >
> > But what about the candidates that you just like a little bit? Do you
> include them or not? Where do you draw the line between like and not like?
> >
> i've been trying for a couple years to get the Election Science people to
> answer that simple question.  should a voter approve of their second choice
> or not?  there is no simple answer and the voter is burdened with the task
> of tactical voting.
Approve your favorite. Disapprove your least-favorite.

Now imagine if the decision were between just those two, and it was being
decided with a coin flip.

For each of the others, would you rather have them win or take the chance
on the coin flip between your most-favored candidate and your least-favored

If you would prefer that candidate to the coin flip, then approve them. If
you'd rather take your chances with the coin flip, then disapprove them.

~ Andy Jennings
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