## Re: [RangeVoting] VotePoll: A few comments on the polls

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• ... There is no need, with a relatively sophisticated population of voters, to have so many choices. If you must have granularity 99, why not the following
Message 1 of 4 , Oct 1, 2005
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At 01:24 AM 10/1/2005, Jan Kok wrote:
>6. RV101(kludge)
>Use an approval ballot with the following choices:
>0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100
>Voters are requested to be nice to the poll taker and not click more
>selections than necessary to express their vote. If the selected
>numbers add up to >100, the rating is adjusted to count as 100.

There is no need, with a relatively sophisticated population of
voters, to have so many choices. If you must have granularity 99, why
not the following choices:
64,32,16,8,4,2,1.

As to the poll taker, summing the votes is no more difficult with
binary than as many decimal slots, and it is easier than decimal for
the same granularity. In Range, the individual ballots are not
necessarily counted, just the sums. There is no need to compile
individual scores.

Frankly, I'd reserve 64 for an approval cutoff, being considered the
minimum Approval score. Scores below that do indicate a kind of
preference, but a preference in rejection.

As to how to vote for more than one candidate on a ballot, one can
present multiple candidates as options.

Candidate A, 64:
Candidate A, 32:
...
Candidate A, 2:
Candidate A, 1:
Candidate B, 64:
Candidate B, 32:
etc.

Yahoogroups allows 25 options in a single poll.

I recommend experimenting with coarser granularity. A 5-option poll
can thus be run Range with granularity 32, which is really
vanishingly close to fine-grained. If you must have granularity >=
100 (why?), then you need 7 slots and you can have three options in a
single poll.

Another method would be to use two poll questions, one for positive
ratings and one for negative. Effectively, the 64-bit would be
expressed by which poll you answered on. It's pretty easy, in a
browser, to have more than one poll open, so you could really do both
at the same time.
• Dear Mike Ossipoff, ... If you want to exclude all those people from the polls who have somewhen somewhere cast a preference for some other election method,
Message 2 of 4 , Oct 1, 2005
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Dear Mike Ossipoff,

you wrote (1 Oct 2005):

> Markus Schulze voted for BeatpathWinner in the current
> poll. As much as I'd like to count Markus's vote,
> because he voted for something that I like, I don't
> know if Markus advocates RV. If he doesn't, then
> I don't know if I have a right to count Markus's
> BeatpathWinner vote in a poll on how to vote in