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Re: Constitutional amendment: Condorcet/Clone Proof SSDvotetallying

On Sat, May 31, 2003 at 11:11:00AM -0400, Andrew Pimlott wrote:
> On Sat, May 31, 2003 at 03:29:57PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > I'm sorry, but I don't think it's reasonable to use the default option in
> > a traditional Condorcet variant. Selecting a result where the majority
> > would have preferred the vote to default instead of that winning is an
> > unacceptable result to my mind.
> I think this is a rather extreme position, since pursuing almost any
> goal in an election system compromises other goals. However, since
> others seem to agree with the importance of this principle (which
> strikes me as superfluous), maybe it's worth it.

It's superfluous only if there's a Condorcet winner and a quorum, in
which case it doesn't cause any problems, either.

When there isn't a Condorcet winner, it ensures that the majority (or a
superminority) have the ability to ensure any particular set of options
do not succeed under any circumstances. Further, it does so without
biassing the rankings amongst the other options at all.


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