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Tue, Dec. 26th, 2006, 10:28 am
christtrekker: Bartlett missed a simple yet key point

Anyone besides me think that Bartlett missed something obvious?

Thu, Nov. 9th, 2006, 11:30 pm
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IRV passed in Pierce County (Tacoma & surrounding areas) in Washington State!!
Now onto King County (Seattle) and then the world!

Thu, Nov. 2nd, 2006, 04:22 am
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The previously mentioned IRV piece is up on Gootube now:

Mon, Oct. 9th, 2006, 07:02 am
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Nice to find you all, I'm an animator in Seattle who's just finished a cartoon dialogue to help explain IRV in an entertaining way. This was made for the vote in Pierce county in Washington state, but can be adjusted easily to promote IRV anywhere where it's on the ballot.

Any feedback on this before it hits the wider public?

Sun, Jul. 2nd, 2006, 11:35 am
white_lies: Ballot Access in NC

Coalition pushes bill to ease ballot access
Because of rules to protect Democrats and Republicans, it's nearly impossible for third parties to get on the ballot in North Carolina...
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From the Triangle area's Independent Weekly

(I was sent over here on recommendation from someone in

Sun, May. 7th, 2006, 10:35 am
barrackar: A Little help in arguing for PR-STV for a Student Body Election

Here is the situation:

Over the last two years I have convinced the elections committee to look into adopting IRV in electing the Student Body president. They have researched this most of this school year and have found that the other CSU's who use this system are very happy with it. This is coming up for a vote at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. (Essentially a committee of elected student representatives who collaboratively govern the student government.) I would be very surprised if IRV were not adopted.

However, this is also a good opportunity to simultaneously adopt Proportional Representation through Single Transferable Votes (PR-STV) in the election of board members themselves. These elections are multi-seat races in each of the 6 colleges at this university. Specifically I am looking at using the droop quota and assigning surplus votes in direct proportion to the ratio of next choices.

I am doing a preliminary presentation tomorrow and a more in depth workshop the following Monday.

What I would like your advice on is any experience any of you have had with counter-arguments that have been made against using this system. I do not want to be surprised by any questions I might encounter.

So far two reasons to adopt PR-STV are that using PR-STV will increase the number of students who are in contact with at least one of the board members of their college, and that using PR-STV will eliminate the incentive, currently in place under aggregate majority voting, for candidates to not publicize any other candidacy even if they believe that other candidate would be good for one of the other seats available.

Fri, May. 5th, 2006, 10:00 am
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What do y'all think of the Debian modification to the Condorcet method? I ran across it in a google search on Condorcet, and had never heard of it before. Strengths/drawbacks?

Thu, May. 4th, 2006, 07:46 pm
barrackar: Multi-seat Elections

So for single seat elections it is pretty clear that IRV/Preferential voting dominates plurality voting in the game theory sense of the word dominating, and Condorcet is even better still. The CA Democrat Party even "Endorses the implementation of IRV wherever feasible."

What I am still wondering about is the voting systems for multi-seat elections. At face value proportional representation seems to be worse than aggregate majority. Is it seems best to split the region into smaller regions of equal population and then conduct multiple single candidate elections? This at least guarantees geographic diversity.

When you get really down to it the meaning of "fair" election is really undefined when it comes to multi-seat elections.

What are the criteria you would like to have satisfied from a multi-seat voting system?

Thu, Mar. 30th, 2006, 11:52 am
blissunaware: ALERT TO CA VOTERS!!

New ID System May Block Voters

A statewide database has rejected [up to 43% of] otherwise valid registrations because of computer glitches or slight discrepancies in the spelling of names.
By Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
March 29, 2006

SACRAMENTO — Thousands of Californians who register to vote or update their records may not receive sample ballots or be able to vote as absentees because of the state's new method of verifying identities, election officials say.

A new statewide database designed by Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to authenticate voter registrations has blocked otherwise valid registrations because of computer glitches, slight discrepancies in spelling or incomplete applications.

The problems have required registrars to contact voters — a time-consuming process that is already taxing some counties facing elections next month.

San Diego County is racing to rectify rejected registrations in time for the April 11 special election to fill the seat vacated by convicted Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

"We're working overtime to get these voters cleared," said Tim McNamara, assistant registrar of voters in that county.

In Los Angeles County, the database rejected 14,629 people — 43% of those who registered from Jan. 1 to March 15. Officials are trying to resolve the problems in time for municipal elections April 11 in 14 cities in the county. They say the challenge will be far larger for the June 6 primary, which will involve many more voters.

In any election, voters whose registrations are in dispute have to cast provisional ballots, which are not counted until authorities determine that the voter is legitimate.rest of LA Times articleCollapse )

posted at BradBlog:
I'm doing phone banking for Busby tonight in 50th District election. Others doing the same might want to be able to help voters by having the following web site handy to help them locate where they are supposed to vote, and ask for a provisional ballot when they get there, if they aren't "registered". We NEED to win this election!


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The complete letter from, Jacqueline Jacobberger, the president of California's League of Women Voters to Secretary of State Bruce McPherson follows...

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