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Re: what is the purpose of quorum?

On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 07:37:55PM +0100, Jochen Voss wrote:
>      * It introduces the concept of a quorum.  A quorum should assert
>        that there are no decisions without a sufficient number of
>        electors. ...
> but in my opinion this description only fits for a more tradition
> global quorum requirement (i.e. when the whole election is cancelled
> if there are not enough electors).  What reason should I give for the
> introduction of our per-option quorum?

It's the same reason, but a different mechanism, since we can't count
the number of people who are present but abstain as taking part in the
decision making. Not being able to do that introduces a minor quandry
for people who are against an option: do they not vote at all, in the
hope that they might defeat the election by failing to get quorum, but
risking a bad result from a close vote that does pass quorum, or do they
vote honestly and risk being the deciding vote in the success of an option
they're against? Doing it per-option and only counting "yes" votes (ie,
the ones that rank it above our "default" option) avoids that dilemma.


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