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Re: [OT] Slashdot and media accuracy (was Re: Improved Debian Project Emergency Communications)

On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 at 01:06 GMT, Jason A Whittle penned:
> I'm sorry that my first post to debian-user is so off-topic, and that
> I don't have a key yet. I hope to rectify the latter ASAP. 
> On Thu, Dec 04, 2003 at 01:34:11PM -0700, Monique Y. Herman wrote:
>> In theory, we have a multi-party system.  In practice, voting for a
>> "third-party" candidate is a wasted vote, because everyone "knows"
>> that every vote cast outside of the Big Two is wasted, and so no one
>> bothers.
>> If we had a system in which we could vote more than once, for example
>> by specifying a first, second, and third choice, maybe we would see
>> some shake-up.
> The concept I believe you're formulating is commonly called Instant
> Runoff Voting. It's an exciting voting reform developed in the 1870s
> that has been gaining some small momentum of late. 

Ah, yeah, that's what it's called!

There are a lot of alternate voting schemes out there.  Seems there's a
decent chance that some of them might be better than what we have.


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