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    Posted: 16-Nov-2008 at 21:20

Voting sounds like a simple matter. Just pick a candidate, then count the ballots and announce the tally.

When there are three or more candidates (or choices), however, the results may not actually reflect the true preferences of the voters.


A very interesting article for a very serious matter.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Count Belisarius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Nov-2008 at 21:24
Interesting article that was, something I have always wondered about I have.
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Oh yeah, this has been thought about in Australian elections, which are all preferential. It gets even more Harey in the ACT and Tasmanian State elections where we use preferential multi-member electorates.
I think the Hare-Clark system produces a good balance between party politics and individuals, but it does take at least a week to count the vote properly. In single member electorates whichever member the party who controls that seat puts up generally gets elected. In multi-member electorates the party puts up multiple members who won't all be elected. Therefore the public can choose which party member they want.

Edited by Omar al Hashim - 17-Nov-2008 at 00:00
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