Emocracy: the middle rating

Michael wrote:

Augustin, I like Emocracy's 1/2 max middle rating, and I like the "I don't know" option, which I agree should be included in all of the ballotings.

Abuse by chair comment

In answer to the question about the abuse of power by the chair: Most likely the chair abused his power, but I haven't seen the video yet, and I'm not familiar with enough details to say.

ICT: Improved-Condorcet-Top election method...

As stated in my previous blog entry, I have started implementing a ranked-method ballot as Michael Ossipoff had proposed it. At first, I was thinking about implementing a simple Condorcet pair-wise matrix and then calculate the winner according to the ICT definition. However, the apparent simplicity of the ICT definition is deceptive and as such it fail even more the Paper and Pencil Criterion compared to a traditional Condorcet ballot.

Implementing a ranked-method ballot.

This site is already implementing various voting methods: Plurality voting, Approval voting, Referendum, Emocracy and Range voting. I had not yet implemented any Ranked method (like Condorcet) because they were not on my priority list, especially since Ranked methods fail the Paper and Pencil Criterion, which is of primordial importance if one wants the greatest guarantee of fair elections as possible.

But then, Michael Ossipoff comes along and writes to me:

I know that you have a lot to do, and I'm not in any hurry about the

Review of Extended Runoff Voting

Jarrett Gabriel recently contacted me about an article he posted in his new blog. The article introduces a new Election Method he calls Extended Runoff Voting. You can go and read it here: ("The Case for Extended Runoff Voting")

IRV's deceptive simplicity

The article starts by properly summarizing Instant Runoff Voting's (IRV's) main flaws: IRV does not remedy at all to the spoiler effect, which is the current Plurality Voting's most important flaw.

"laundry list" of political issues

Jan already gave a quite specific overview of the issues he cares about:

It's my turn to attempt to make a list of political and social issues I care about. In my case, however, it is not as simple as copying and pasting a ready-made list from a third-party web site.

Let me try. The list won't be exhaustive and won't be in order of importance, but it'll be a start for our discussion.

Beginning the discussion (debate?) between a Libertarian and a liberal

For an introduction to this thread, see

Just to introduce myself a bit more, I'm an electrical and software engineer in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. I'm a member of the Libertarian Party, but in 2007 I changed my registration with the state to Republican so that I could be a delegate for Ron Paul at the county and state Republican conventions.

An uncommon citizen debate between a Libertarian and a Liberal

I would like to introduce a new, very uncommon citizen debate between two people who place themselves at different places on the political spectrum.

There's a twist in how the debate will be conducted. See below for details.

Preparing for the 2012 elections...

We have had two long standing polls here since way before the 2008 elections:

It's about time to get started with the 2012 polls by setting up the equivalent of the above two polls (revisit them now!)

Explanation of National Popular Vote Bill


The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia).

The bill has passed 29 legislative chambers in 19 states (AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OR, RI, VT, WA) and been endorsed by 1,825 state legislators.

The bill has been enacted by state legislatures representing 61 electoral votes — 23% of the 270 necessary to activate the law (Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington).

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