RANGE VOTING selects the winner of an N-candidate election:
(a) Each vote consists of assigning a point value from 0 to 99 to each candidate (for example, 30 points for candidate A, 64 for B etc.) The voter might give her favorite candidate a 99 and her least-favorite zero.
(b) If a voter desires to express no opinion
about any particular candidate, she may assign an X instead of a point value, indicating
(c) A candidate's "total score" is the average of all his
non-blank scores (average = sum of points voters cast for that candidate divided by the number of voters who did not vote an X for him).
(d) Candidate with highest average wins.
(e) Candidates with too few non-X votes (even though they might have high scores) are not permitted to win.
Range voting has properties superior to other single-winner voting systems:
2) Encourages voter honesty instead of strategy;
3) Can be done on plurality
-type "dumb" voting machines
4) Unaffected by
5) Best by test
in computer simulation experiments measuring
of different voting systems;
6) Reduces spoiled ballots
and 2-party domination.
For more information please go to the Center for Range Voting
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