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Balanced Voting, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Approval Voting Fails to be Balanced This is a survey of past articles in this series that deal with the question of whether approval voting is balanced.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Red and blue pill., From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 20, 2020
Making Choices Deciding which voting system to use in elections is a topic of increasing interest. In an earlier article of this series, two criteria are suggested for making such a selection and this article argues for a third criterion.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Constitution of the United States%2C page 1., From WikimediaPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 6, 2020
Does the Constitution need Amending? The last few years have forced us to question the functioning of our government. Solutions to some problems appear to require tinkering with our Constitution, but others do not. This article presents some examples of each.
A Good Footing is Important, From MyPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2019
What Could be Wrong with Ranked-Choice Voting? This is a survey article for the purpose of collecting together all of the deficiencies observed with IRV in earlier articles.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views), Ranked Voting (13 Articles, 12920 views)
Borda-family members characterized by assignment shapes, From InText
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Older Ranked-Choice Voting Systems The popularity of IRV as an alternative to plurality voting is perplexing. Historically there are many other ranked-choice voting systems that seem, if for no other reason than complexity, preferable to IRV. This article explores those older systems, suggesting reasons for IRV's popularity. Some insight is gained but without really settling that question.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views), Ranked Voting (13 Articles, 12920 views)
An Abstract Model, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 8, 2019
Two Properties for Categorizing Voting Systems Two properties that may or may not hold for a given voting system are discussed. Being balanced is one of these properties and being logically complete is another.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views), Ranked Voting (13 Articles, 12920 views)
Bill of Rights Pg1of1 AC., From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 26, 2019
Establishment and Exercise Most amendments to our Constitution come through changes in the interpretation of its words by the federal courts. The meanings of the words, so assigned, often drift away from their common usage. This article suggests such a change through a change to the interpretation of the word "religion".
Choose, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 10, 2018
A Voter's Quandry A voter is faced with making choices and the right path is not always clear. Should a voting system not strive to avoid making the choices difficult?
Series: Ranked Voting (13 Articles, 12920 views), Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
It's Magic, From WikimediaPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 19, 2018
Opposites Some confusion still exists concerning what voting methods are or are not balanced. This article explores one area of reasoning that is a common source of error.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Preliminary Results of MaineDemocratic Primary 2018, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 13, 2018
A First Experience with Ranked Voting This article differs from preceding articles in these series in that it is mostly just a report of my own experiences with a voting system that is not widely used.
Series: Ranked Voting (13 Articles, 12920 views), Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Arrow's Theorem and Overstatements Several articles in this series on balanced voting have focused attention on Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV). These articles have been scattered in time and could be challenging to track down without some help. A major purpose of this article is to provide a brief survey of these articles for someone who might be primarily interested in IRV.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views), Ranked Voting (13 Articles, 12920 views)
Gambling Mouse, From MyPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Voting Systems in Action An election scenario is played out in several ways with four different voting systems being used.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
What does it mean??, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 23, 2018
Yet Another Balanced Voting Method Elections are really polls of the population. Should we think of them in that light? This article explores that question.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
It's not engraved in stone, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 7, 2018
One Man, One Vote How much weight should we give to this old saying? This article argues for not putting much weight at all to it.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Image from page 171 of .A classical dictionary of Greek an. | Flickr890 ├-- 682 - 198k - jpg, From GoogleImages
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 14, 2018
What is the Matter with Balanced Voting? What might prevent balanced voting from being adopted? This article examines a few potential problem areas.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Traffic, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 27, 2017
Can Less be Better? Often we use shortcuts to quickly come to a conclusion. Unfortunately, these shortcuts sometimes lead to a wrong conclusion and we never go back to examine the reasoning more closely. In this article we examine a couple instances of this and we show through examples how this shortcut-thinking has been misleading.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Free vector graphic: Horizontal, Balance, T, Weigh Out - Free ...678 ├-- 720 - 60k - png, From GoogleImages
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 13, 2017
What's Wrong with Approval Voting This article tries to clear up some of the confusion about claims that Approval Voting is a balanced system.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
02a.WMATA.RRWNA.VA.18February2 013, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 18, 2017
Voter Emotions Matter Discussions about voting often become overly technical, accidentally treating voters as machines that will perform in predictable ways. Here we argue by example that this can be very misleading.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Vote Yes or Yes?, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 1, 2017
Rethinking Which Voting System is Best Probably no voting system really is best for all situations. Sometimes simplicity is more important than other considerations but sometimes more complexity is in order. This article takes the position that the number of candidates is a prime consideration in this regard.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views)
Make it Balance, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 6, 2017
Instant Runoff - Balanced once Again The voting system described in the previous article, IRRV, was not a balanced system. Here we convert IRRV into a balanced system as a way of illustrating that kind of conversion. And we note that the result is, in essence, IRBV. So IRBV is the balanced version of both IRV and of IRRV.
Series: Balanced Voting (40 Articles, 41293 views), Ranked Voting (13 Articles, 12920 views)

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