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Mar. 10th, 2002 | 11:01 pm

Somewhere I managed to find a link to California Instant Runoff Voting which is an alternative to the current multi-round winner-take-all voting.

It's strength is you rank candidates by 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice. So then the problem of do I vote for Nader and take votes away from Gore are reduced.

Additionally the group working for the IRV, also has two other improvements for democracy, Proportional Representation which seems pretty common in other parts of the world.

Or Direct Representation which I'd never heard of before. It allows you to give your proxy vote to whomever wants to be a representative you feel best represents your beliefs regardless of districting.

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Bram Boroson, Master of Subtle Ways and Straight

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from: bram
date: Mar. 11th, 2002 12:32 am (UTC)
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In my "Mathematics in Contemporary Society" class last year I talked about voting schemes.

All voting schemes have some drawbacks. Arrow's theorem guarantees that you can't have any voting scheme for multiple parties that fulfills reasonable criteria. Including: 1 on 1, A beats B and B beats C means that A beats C by this scheme. One person switching from the winner to a loser can't make the loser the winner. Etc. It can't be done!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 12th, 2002 01:33 am (UTC)
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It can't be done!

*cute pout*

But, I want some kind of reform to work 'cause it's really hard to convince people to vote for alternative candidates when we have a system that pretty much requires voting for the lesser of two evils.

I know nader would've gotten a much better vote if we'd had instant run off.

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Bram Boroson, Master of Subtle Ways and Straight

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from: bram
date: Mar. 14th, 2002 02:11 am (UTC)
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Oops, 2nd criterion I meant "one person switching from the loser to the winner can't make the winner a loser"...

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