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Who Will Win this Election? Part II

By       Message Paul Cohen       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment, In Series: Balanced Voting

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One of the entries in this table is for a voting system that has not been mentioned before, the traditional rationed voting system. It may be ironic to label as "traditional" a system that may never have been mentioned before, but in this context the word "traditional" only means "not-balanced". In this particular election with three candidates, a voter would be handed three plurality ballots for the voter to fill out and turn in for counting as they would be counted in a plurality voting system. Voters would likely give two or three ballots to their favored candidate -- either Isfor or Isagien -- and perhaps a single ballot for Benute. Benute would lose and the winner would be either Isfor or Isagien.

From this limited perspective, considering just this one special makeup of voter opinions, a couple of things jump out from the table. One is that approval voting, balanced or not, seems to be distinguished by giving a likely win to Benute. But with this one exception, the traditional systems do not provide a real opportunity for Benute to win.

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In sharp contrast, each of the balanced voting systems provide a reasonable opportunity for Benute to win the election. This is consistent with the notion suggested from the very start of this series of article that adopting a balanced voting system open not merely the possibility of a multiple-party system, but in fact the likelihood of such a transformation.

In another article, we show how all of these voting systems can be expected to behave in a different election.


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Series: "Balanced Voting"

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