Re: Constitution - formal proposal (v0.5)
>I see no point in allowing one to change their vote. Voting is very
>important -- think before you act. If this means waiting a week or so
>do it. We have seen way to often here that people often rifle off
>e-mails before they think. We should not patronize this behaviour.
>I can think of no other voting forum where votes are allowed to be
>recast without a complete re-vote.
No matter how much attention you give to a matter, something may
subsequently occur to change your mind. With paper ballots, it is not
practicable to let people change their votes; with electronic systems
based on PGP-signed emails, it is practicable, and an automatic system
can cope with multiple changes by the same voter. This will allow
everyone to respond to late-arriving information.
I don't think it reasonable to stop people from changing their votes
because you disapprove of their being hasty. Some people are impulsive
by nature; this is a handicap in some cases, an advantage in others.
Allowing a change is a way of mitigating the consequences of
impulsiveness. You should remember that there could be other reasons
for changing: people might, for example, have suffered key bounce and
sent bad votes inadvertently.
Finally, I want the right to look at how the votes are going and change
mine accordingly; suppose a vote looks as if it will carry by a tiny
margin. I may have voted yes, not caring too much; but I may not like
the idea of a proposal being carried against the opposition of nearly
half the voters. I have a reason for changing; I do not think that anyone
should have the right to tell me what are and are not good reasons for
making my decisions.
Oliver Elphick Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
Isle of Wight http://www.lfix.co.uk/oliver
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