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Should You Vote for the Best Candidate?

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  • Stephen Unger
    If the only effect of an election is to determine the winner, then, if there are only two contenders on the ballot, voting for the better of the pair, even if
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2012
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      If the only effect of an election is to determine the winner, then, if
      there are only two contenders on the ballot, voting for the better of
      the pair, even if one strongly dislikes that candidate, might make
      sense. But, presumably there will be more elections in the future, and
      the outcomes of these elections may be influenced by the votes for ALL
      candidates in the current election. This, and other considerations,
      undercut the value of sophisticated, "strategic", voting and suggest a
      more straightforward process for deciding who to vote for.

      My effort to explain the situation is accessible at: http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/~unger/myBlog/endsandmeansblog.html

      Steve
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      Stephen H. Unger
      Professor Emeritus
      Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
      Columbia University
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