I'd like to vote in this poll. How do I reach the ballot?

When I go to the new members-only presidential poll, all I find is the results. How do I reach the ballot?

Another thing: I'd like to have a 0-10 Score members-only presidential poll too. I like the flexibility allowed by a 0-10 Score election.

As much as I prefer Approval's feasibility for public elections, I prefer Score's easy most flexible fractional ratings for polls.

Michael Ossipoff

Romney: Residual Impairments from Brain Injury in 1968?

DocChap, a Daily Kos member with a background in neuropsychology, posted some original research about Mitt Romney's possible residual impairments from a 1968 brain injury:

I wouldn't pay 1 cent to vote for a Democrat fact, I wouldn't vote for a Democrat even if it's free of charge.

Hence my 0 rating of that alternative.

Emocracy = Score >> Plurality

Emocracy is a Score version. A Score ballot would be worth much more than a Plurality ballot, an IRV ballot, or an unimproved Condorcet ballot.

Definition and Properties of ICT

ICT is a rank method, a way to count rank ballots.

First I want to clarify that I don't propose rank methods for our official public elections. That's partly because of their tremendously computation-intensive count--high-computation counts provide great opportunity for count-fraud.

In fact, the high-computation counts of rank methods probably all require machine balloting and computerized counting, which hugely further increases count-fraud opportunity.

Approval: The obvious, natural, minimal, but powerful fix for our voting system

(Copied, with permission, from Democracy Chronicles)

by Michael Ossipoff

May 6, 2012
Our current voting system, of course, is the “vote-for-1” method. Also called “Plurality”, or the “single mark method”. In our Plurality elections, we often hear people saying that they’re going to vote for someone they don’t really like, because he/she is the “lesser-of-two-evils”. They are essentially voting for someone they don’t like, and not voting for the people they really do like, because the people they like are perceived as unwinnable.

Why Approval Soon Homes In On the Voter Median, And Then Stays There

(Copied, with permission, from Democracy Chronicles)

Why Approval Soon Homes In on the Voter Median Position, and Then Stays There

by Michael Ossipoff

August 18, 2012

I’d like to discus two related topics:

1. Why Approval Soon Homes In on the Voter Median, and Then Stays There
2. Voter-Median-Estimate Strategy

1. Why does Approval go to voter median?

2 round elections

I just received the following comment by email:

Question about Top Two:

I have not read all of your pages but I can't find any direct references to
any sort of "Top Two" form of elections where a primary is held that
includes ALL eligible candidates, regardless of party, and then the two
with the most votes move on to the final election. This is the form of
local/state election method in Washington and California.


First, it's true that the question is not covered yet in our Election method documentation. I've made a note to do it.

Can't there be a common ground on voter photo ID laws?

It is obvious to anyone who is honestly looking at what's going on that Republican-controlled state legislatures are using the (lame) excuse of voter fraud to push for voter photo ID laws. I agree with the Democrats who are crying foul and denounce this attempt at disenfranchising core Democrat demographics.

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