Archive for November 3, 2002

Sunday, November 3, 2002 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Election Selection

Science News considers different voting procedures, including plurality, instant-runoff, and the Borda count:

Nearly all political elections in the United States are plurality votes, in which each voter selects a single candidate, and the candidate with the most votes wins. Yet voting theorists argue that plurality voting is one of the worst of all possible choices. “It’s a terrible system,” says Alexander Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and director of research for the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif. “Almost anything looks good compared to it.”