Should You Vote for the Best Candidate?
- 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
Stephen H. Unger
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering