The definition of Emocracy

This blog entry is related to the poll:Poll on which voting system should be proposed for official public elections (Total: 4 posts)
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You defined Emocracy as a 0~2 vote, with the added "I don't know" rating. This is not the definition that I personally use.

First of all, I do not want the implementation of emocracy in this site to drive the definition of Emocracy. I have already posted a blog entry about the design of the emocracy ballot. Although I like Emocracy a lot, I am far from satisfied with the way I myself implement it here. Read the linked blog entry for a discussion about the implementation.

Here is the theoretical definition I personally use for Emocracy:

Emocracy is a variant of Score Voting. The differences are thus:

1) It has as many negative ratings as positive ones (hence the name "Emocracy", which is Emotions + Democracy: one can like as well as dislike; one may want to burry one candidate as much as one may want to promote his favourite). It means that the range in Score Voting is moved halfway down, towards the negative. 0~10 becomes -5~+5. Thus, to describe Emocracy as 0~2 is inaccurate, first because it should be -1~+1. Although it makes no difference mathematically, it does make a difference in what the voter perceives. Secondly, unlike what the current implementation of Emocracy in this site might suggest, Emocracy is not restricted to 3 levels. It can also be -5~+5, -10~+10, etc.

2) Emocracy has the added option "I don't know", which simply means: "I do not have enough information about this candidate, I don't know him/her enough to make a judgement any way.". A voter cannot like or dislike a candidate he/she doesn't know. At the same time, it is not conceivable to elect a candidate who is largely unknown but supported by a small core of fans. Thus, the "I don't know" option amounts to giving the candidate the minimum rating available (i.e. -5 in a -5~+5 emocracy poll). The difference that this extra option makes is in the way the results are interpreted. The media can then make a difference between a candidate who is well known but thoroughly disliked and a candidate who is simply unknown but has some faithful supporters.

The range for emocracy could be any range that Score voting may have, e.g. -50~+50 which would correspond to a 0~100 Score vote. I personally prefer a much narrower range (it prevents the tendency to vote only at the extremes). In France, there is a group of people who actively promote Emocracy (under another name and without the "I don't know" option) with a -2~+2 range.


Emocracy == Score voting

According to, Emocracy is the same as Score Voting:

The Pirate Party of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous of Germany’s 16 states (population: 18 million), uses Score Voting (on a -3 to +3 scale) to elect their Board of Directors. On May 13, 2012, the NRW Pirates won 7.8% of the vote in the state elections, winning 20 of the 237 seats in state parliament. (Their party list had itself been selected via multiwinner Approval Voting.) They subsequently held their first Score Voting Board of Directors election on May 29, 2012.

I agree with them! For me, Emocracy is a slight variant on the more standard (0~N) Score Voting.

I completely forgot about this

Tags:+Emocracy +Range Voting

Thanks to Panoramics who dug up this old blog entry. :]