Post by â¸Å¬alabioâ½
about approval voting:? ?IRV voters obviously get only one vote each,? I suppose we will find it how the court treats approval.
"1 Person, 1 vote” means equal voting strength. Approval gives each voter 1 vote per candidate. That is fine. What would be illegal would be giving some people more voting power, such as giving reach people up to a zillion votes per candidate.
Giving people N votes is still one-person one-vote, it's called Score
Voting. You could call it fractional votes.
The argument for IRV is that, though people may cast more than one vote,
only one vote at a time is counted. However, with Approval, if we count
the votes like IRV, and the counting comes down to the last two
1. The voter has voted for neither. Moot. However, under Robert's Rules,
this could count for consideration of whether or not a winner obtained a
majority. Robert's Rules, in their preferential voting counting rules
that FairVote touts as supporting "IRV," an "exhausted ballot" still
counts for the purposes of determining a majority, and RR requires the
election be repeated (with new nominations!) if no candidate is approved
by a majority. By the way, in real repeated elections, i.e., top two
runoff, each voter gets two votes. Nobody ever complained that this
violated one-person, one-vote.
2. The voter has voted for one and not the other. The additional vote is
moot. But the voter did get to express approval of that candidate, which
can make a difference in later politics.
3. The voter has voted for both. The votes do not determine the winner,
but, gain, might matter if the winner must have a majority.
The idea that approval violates "one person, one vote" is one of those
stupid, knee-jerk ideas, fairly common, based on abuse of the meaning of
words, and the intentions behind them.