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  • Mike Lorrey
    ... Sort of and maybe. LPNH has advocated IRV, and of course the left wing of the democrats are for it too. PTB argue against it, claiming it will cause
    Message 1 of 15 , Jan 30, 2006
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      --- Ryan Gray <ryanpatgray@...> wrote:

      > Hi, I have a two-part question about the goings on in
      > New Hampshire. 1. Is there an active IRV movement in
      > New Hampshire and 2. Would an amendment to the New
      > Hampshire constitution be necessary to institute IRV?

      Sort of and maybe. LPNH has advocated IRV, and of course the left wing
      of the democrats are for it too. PTB argue against it, claiming it will
      cause 'confusion' and questionable ballot returns that so many other
      states contend with.

      The major parties fight against it for a very good reason, to do with
      the mathematics of political stability and such: the more choices
      available in a vote, the higher a percentage the winner needs to get
      for losers to consider it legitimate. This is why the concept of a
      supermajority arose in the middle ages in votes for the papacy, which
      frequently involved more than two candidates, and multiple winners,
      resulting in the pope/anti-pope schismatic phenomenon. The Church
      solved their problem by requiring that popes win by supermajority, as
      some mathematical monks showed that a 2/3 majority vote results in
      political stability no matter how many choices there are in an
      election.

      Thus, if IRV were instituted, the duopoly of power believes will
      result in less political stability in the US and more elections that
      more people will believe are illegitimate. I'm not sure that this is a
      valid conclusion for them to reach, but it is certainly a valid concern
      for those gaining power to be able to deliver stability after winning,
      no matter who wins.

      Of course, we libertarians are generally in favor of a strong
      constitution and supermajority or even hyperdemocratic voting as a
      matter of course, such that if the statists can't muster a
      supermajority to take our rights, then they can't take them. That
      PATRIOT passes with mere majority votes, while being unconstitutional,
      is indicative that there is a problem with the present system...

      The radical left generally favors IRV because they hope for political
      instability as an aid to socialist revolution.

      Mike Lorrey
      Founder, Constitution Park Foundation:
      http://constitutionpark.blogspot.com
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    • Tarnoff, Blay (IED)
      FWIW, I think that there are problems with Condorecet that IRV doesn t have. But, what s being a libertarian (or Libertarian) go to do with it? Blay ... This
      Message 2 of 15 , Jan 30, 2006
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        FWIW, I think that there are problems with Condorecet that IRV doesn't
        have.

        But, what's being a libertarian (or Libertarian) go to do with it?

        Blay


        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: freestateproject@yahoogroups.com
        > [mailto:freestateproject@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steve
        > Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 5:49 PM
        > To: freestateproject@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: [FSP] Re: IRV in NH???
        >
        > I hope not. ;)
        > If you are a Libertarian, why would you want IRV instead of
        > Condorcet or Approval?
        >
        > --- In freestateproject@yahoogroups.com, Ryan Gray
        > <ryanpatgray@y...> wrote:
        > >
        > > Hi, I have a two-part question about the goings on in
        > > New Hampshire. 1. Is there an active IRV movement in
        > > New Hampshire and 2. Would an amendment to the New
        > > Hampshire constitution be necessary to institute IRV?
        > >
        > > Thank you,
        > >
        > > Ryan
        > >
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        > > A managed democracy is a wonderful thing, Manuel, for the
        > managers... and its greatest strength is a 'free press' when 'free'
        > is defined as 'responsible' and the managers decide what
        > is 'irresponsible'.
        > >
        > > Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
        > > By Robert A. Heinlein
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      • Ryan Gray
        ... I would support any of the three. I understand the concern that you might not want to have to decide if you prefer Mao to Stalin or vice versa but I DO
        Message 3 of 15 , Jan 31, 2006
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          --- Steve <simplulo@...> wrote:

          > I hope not. ;)
          > If you are a Libertarian, why would you want IRV
          > instead of
          > Condorcet or Approval?

          I would support any of the three. I understand the
          concern that you might not want to have to decide if
          you prefer Mao to Stalin or vice versa but I DO HOPE
          you would agree that IRV is preferable to the system
          used now throughout most of the United States. Also, I
          would like to point out that a transition from IRV to
          Condorcet or approval would be smoother than from the
          current system to any of the three.

          Ryan

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          By Robert A. Heinlein

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        • Ryan Gray
          Mike Lorrey wrote: PTB argue against it, claiming it will cause confusion and questionable ballot returns that so many other states
          Message 4 of 15 , Jan 31, 2006
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            Mike Lorrey <mlorrey@...> wrote:
            "PTB argue against it, claiming it will cause
            'confusion' and questionable ballot returns that so
            many other states contend with."

            Australians sometimes have a phenomenon they call the
            "donkey vote"
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_voting
            However, in my view this is not much of a concern as
            even in our current system there are some idiots who
            vote for candidates based on things that have nothing
            to do with a candidate's views, qualifications or
            'honesty' such as how tall the candidate is, how well
            groomed his hair is, how sexy his voice is, and what
            sort of plumbing the candidate was born with. The
            Donkey Vote seems, at least, to be more random that
            this.

            Mike Lorrey <mlorrey@...> wrote:
            "Thus, if IRV were instituted, the duopoly of power
            believes will result in less political stability in
            the US and more elections that more people will
            believe are illegitimate. I'm not sure that this is a
            valid conclusion for them to reach, but it is
            certainly a valid concern for those gaining power to
            be able to deliver stability after winning, no matter
            who wins.
            . . . . . . . . . . The radical left generally favors
            IRV because they hope for political instability as an
            aid to socialist revolution."

            Neither Australia nor New Zealand show much "political
            instability" or signs of eminent collapse. In France
            meanwhile (about as socialist as one can get this side
            of North Korea)a nation that uses the more traditional
            run-off system, Jacques René Chirac fiddles while
            Paris burns. The results of the first round of voting
            in 2002 left a corrupt mainstream politician to face
            Jean-Marie Le Pen, a nationalist who hated both Jews
            and Arabs and strongly opposed immigration. France's
            voters overwhelmingly chose the corrupt mainstream
            politician in the second round of voting. France's
            large Arab minority would have prevented Jean-Marie Le
            Pen from even reaching the second round in an IRV or
            Condorcet system. Rightly or wrongly, the Arab
            community in France feels shut-out and alienated from
            mainstream French society. An IRV or Condorcet voting
            system would make them a voice French politicians
            would have to listen to in order to win.

            Ryan

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            A managed democracy is a wonderful thing, Manuel, for the managers... and its greatest strength is a 'free press' when 'free' is defined as 'responsible' and the managers decide what is 'irresponsible'.

            Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
            By Robert A. Heinlein

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          • Mike Lorrey
            One thing we do have here are multi-seat districts, actually most legislative districts have 2 or more seats in them, and voters get as many votes as there are
            Message 5 of 15 , Jan 31, 2006
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              One thing we do have here are multi-seat districts, actually most
              legislative districts have 2 or more seats in them, and voters get as
              many votes as there are seats, so you can pick whoever you like, or
              'bullet' one guy if you don't want him to lose out to potential allies.
              This typically results in people voting first for friends they want in
              office, then filling out the other seats with their preferred party
              members. It also makes it relatively easy to both get on the ballot and
              to win if you put forward any kind of an effective campaign and
              resonate with the voters (i.e. a much better campaign than most
              libertarians put on)

              --- Ryan Gray <ryanpatgray@...> wrote:

              >
              >
              > --- Steve <simplulo@...> wrote:
              >
              > > I hope not. ;)
              > > If you are a Libertarian, why would you want IRV
              > > instead of
              > > Condorcet or Approval?
              >
              > I would support any of the three. I understand the
              > concern that you might not want to have to decide if
              > you prefer Mao to Stalin or vice versa but I DO HOPE
              > you would agree that IRV is preferable to the system
              > used now throughout most of the United States. Also, I
              > would like to point out that a transition from IRV to
              > Condorcet or approval would be smoother than from the
              > current system to any of the three.
              >
              > Ryan
              >
              > -_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-
              > A managed democracy is a wonderful thing, Manuel, for the managers...
              > and its greatest strength is a 'free press' when 'free' is defined as
              > 'responsible' and the managers decide what is 'irresponsible'.
              >
              > Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
              > By Robert A. Heinlein
              >
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            • Ryan Gray
              [This is a bit off-topic, so I ll ask that responses be sent privately. Thanks! --JPS, Moderator] You have sparked my interest, what problems do you think
              Message 6 of 15 , Feb 1, 2006
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                [This is a bit off-topic, so I'll ask that responses be sent privately. Thanks! --JPS, Moderator]

                You have sparked my interest, what problems do you
                think Condorcet has that IRV does not.

                Thank you,

                Ryan

                --- "Tarnoff, Blay (IED)" <Lists@...> wrote:

                > FWIW, I think that there are problems with
                > Condorecet that IRV doesn't
                > have.
                >
                > But, what's being a libertarian (or Libertarian) go
                > to do with it?
                >
                > Blay
                >
                >
                > > -----Original Message-----
                > > From: freestateproject@yahoogroups.com
                > > [mailto:freestateproject@yahoogroups.com] On
                > Behalf Of Steve
                > > Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 5:49 PM
                > > To: freestateproject@yahoogroups.com
                > > Subject: [FSP] Re: IRV in NH???
                > >
                > > I hope not. ;)
                > > If you are a Libertarian, why would you want IRV
                > instead of
                > > Condorcet or Approval?
                > >
                > > --- In freestateproject@yahoogroups.com, Ryan Gray
                >
                > > <ryanpatgray@y...> wrote:
                > > >
                > > > Hi, I have a two-part question about the goings
                > on in
                > > > New Hampshire. 1. Is there an active IRV
                > movement in
                > > > New Hampshire and 2. Would an amendment to the
                > New
                > > > Hampshire constitution be necessary to institute
                > IRV?
                > > >
                > > > Thank you,
                > > >
                > > > Ryan
                > > >
                > > >
                > -_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-
                > > > A managed democracy is a wonderful thing,
                > Manuel, for the
                > > managers... and its greatest strength is a 'free
                > press' when 'free'
                > > is defined as 'responsible' and the managers
                > decide what
                > > is 'irresponsible'.
                > > >
                > > > Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in "The Moon is a Harsh
                > Mistress"
                > > > By Robert A. Heinlein
                >
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              • David
                IRV is preferable to the system used now throughout most of the United States. transition from IRV to Condorcet or approval Please could someone translate
                Message 7 of 15 , Feb 5, 2006
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                  "IRV is preferable to the system
                  used now throughout most of the United States.
                  transition from IRV to Condorcet or approval"

                  Please could someone translate the Alphabit soup into English?

                  IRV= International refrendum vote?
                  Inside recreational vechile?
                  Instigate regeratation vomit?
                  Interior required ventilation?

                  Please, when starting a new thread use real words.
                  Abreviations can come later when the topic is clearly understood.
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                • Jane
                  I agree! And it is always wise to wait to register your vehicle in NH. In 1989 I bought a new Audi in January and waited until we moved in February when the
                  Message 8 of 15 , Feb 5, 2006
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                    I agree!
                    And it is always wise to wait to register your vehicle in NH.
                    In 1989 I bought a new Audi in January and waited until we moved in
                    February when the house was done to register it in NH, thus avoiding
                    the 5% sales tax. The registration fee in NH is like a sales tax,
                    but it goes down each year and at least is deductible on Federal
                    returns.

                    On Feb 5, 2006, at 2:26 PM, David wrote:

                    > "IRV is preferable to the system
                    > used now throughout most of the United States.
                    > transition from IRV to Condorcet or approval"
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                    > Please could someone translate the Alphabit soup into English?
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                    > IRV= International refrendum vote?
                    > Inside recreational vechile?
                    > Instigate regeratation vomit?
                    > Interior required ventilation?
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                    > Please, when starting a new thread use real words.
                    > Abreviations can come later when the topic is clearly understood.
                    > Thank you.
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                  • wolzybk
                    IRV means Instant Runoff Voting. The voters rank first choice, second choice, etc. All first choices are counted. If no choice receives an outright
                    Message 9 of 15 , Feb 5, 2006
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                      IRV means Instant Runoff Voting. The voters rank first choice, second
                      choice, etc. All first choices are counted. If no choice receives an
                      outright majority, then the choice with the least votes is eliminated
                      and those votes redistributed according to their second choices. If
                      this results in a majority for a choice, then it's done. If not, the
                      choice with the next least votes is eliminated, and those votes
                      redistributed according to second (or third) choices. And so on.

                      It's a fairly good system, in that it (a) eliminates the "wasted vote"
                      syndrome, and (b) is easily comprehended. It definitely would be an
                      improvement over the current first-past-the-post system. It isn't as
                      game-proof/foolproof as the Condorcet system, for instance, but it's
                      not bad, and I think is easier to sell due to better comprehensibility.

                      For instance, I was willing to explain IRV to you in this post, and was
                      able to do so in one short paragraph. Explanation of the Condorcet
                      system would be much more involved, so if you are interested in that,
                      I'd recommend you check into it yourself.

                      philb

                      --- In freestateproject@yahoogroups.com, "David" <dwebb5@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > "IRV is preferable to the system
                      > used now throughout most of the United States.
                      > transition from IRV to Condorcet or approval"
                      >
                      > Please could someone translate the Alphabit soup into English?
                      >
                      > IRV= International refrendum vote?
                      > Inside recreational vechile?
                      > Instigate regeratation vomit?
                      > Interior required ventilation?
                      >
                      > Please, when starting a new thread use real words.
                      > Abreviations can come later when the topic is clearly understood.
                      > Thank you.
                    • Steve
                      Sorry, I have the google toolbar installed and am in the habit of googling any unknown word: double-click a word to select it, right- click to bring up a menu,
                      Message 10 of 15 , Feb 7, 2006
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                        Sorry, I have the google toolbar installed and am in the habit of
                        googling any unknown word: double-click a word to select it, right-
                        click to bring up a menu, google. You can get a good introduction
                        to voting theory here:
                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_system

                        Jason already moderated me once here, suggesting that I discuss this
                        in the forum. Well, we'll do that. But I am sure that he will
                        forgive me this one post, since this is an important subject, dear
                        to our hearts:
                        http://www.freestateproject.org/archives/state_vote/votingmethods.php
                        and this thread should contain at least one post with enough
                        references to allow the interested reader to pursue the subject
                        elsewhere.

                        In (general) response to the following post about IRV being simple,
                        and an improvement:

                        A voting system should be "fair" (which means different things to
                        different people, some of them contradictory), but let's say that it
                        should produce a result that reflects the "will of the people".
                        This means that the voting system has to 1) accurately capture each
                        voter's true, detailed preferences, and 2) combine all the votes
                        into the "correct" result. Voting thus consists of two steps: vote-
                        casting and vote-counting. The first should be simple, the second
                        should be a method trusted to produce a good, reliable result.

                        One of the best vote-casting methods is to *rank* the candidates in
                        your order of preference. IRV uses this method, and so do Condorcet
                        and Borda, so they are all equally easy for the voter. That
                        Condorcet uses a much more complicated counting system than IRV
                        might only be a problem early when the new system is introduced:
                        long term, with increasing familiarity, people would (or should)
                        care more about how fair the counting method is. For that most
                        people would probably rely on expert opinion, same as they do on
                        most issues.

                        The FSP used Condorcet Voting to select the target state. True, not
                        everyone understood the counting method, but most people trusted the
                        result. If we had used IRV, there might have been screams.
                        Interesting idea: recount the votes using IRV.

                        Example: imagine that you and some friends were going to a cineplex,
                        and had to pick a movie out of a dozen choices--how would you do
                        it? Chances are that you would instinctively pick one of the two
                        best systems: you would either all give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down
                        vote to each of the movies, or you would each rank your top two or
                        three. This would probably get combined with a bit of conversation
                        and some horse-trading, but in the end you would reach a
                        *consensus*, and walk out of the theater still friends.

                        Contrast that scenario with what happens today in US politics.

                        The interested reader should also research Duverger's Law
                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duvergers_Law
                        according to which a first-past-the-post plurality system like what
                        you see in the US tends to result in two dominant parties. Third
                        parties stand little chance.

                        --- In freestateproject@yahoogroups.com, "David" <dwebb5@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > "IRV is preferable to the system
                        > used now throughout most of the United States.
                        > transition from IRV to Condorcet or approval"
                        >
                        > Please could someone translate the Alphabit soup into English?
                        >
                        > IRV= International refrendum vote?
                        > Inside recreational vechile?
                        > Instigate regeratation vomit?
                        > Interior required ventilation?
                        >
                        > Please, when starting a new thread use real words.
                        > Abreviations can come later when the topic is clearly understood.
                        > Thank you.
                        >
                      • Tarnoff, Blay (IED)
                        From: wolzybk ... I must disagree with this statement: although Condorcet probably does yield better results when all the participants are ranking the
                        Message 11 of 15 , Feb 8, 2006
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                          From: wolzybk
                          >
                          > [IRV] isn't as game-proof/foolproof as the Condorcet
                          > system, . . . but it's not bad . . . .

                          I must disagree with this statement: although Condorcet probably does
                          yield better results when all the participants are ranking the
                          candidates honestly, I believe it holds greater temptation for "gaming"
                          than does IRV.

                          I have tried to send a couple of messages explaining why, but they did
                          not made it through, apparently because this subject is off topic for
                          this group.

                          So, if anyone is interested in why I believe IRV to be superior to
                          Condorcet, from a practical standpoint, for public elections, please
                          contact me offline and I will send you the three paragraph email that
                          failed to make it through.

                          Blay Tarnoff

                          P.S. Steve writes, "Interesting idea: recount the votes using IRV."
                          Well, I did that at the time and even sent an email somewhere with the
                          results. Bottom line: the winner was still New Hampshire, by very
                          comfortable margin, IIRC.
                        • Ryan Gray
                          Lost Liberty Hotel is apparently lost. http://www.yourneighborhoodnews.com/goffstown-news/2006/02/news/09-no-lost-liberty-hotel-in-weare.html
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                            Lost Liberty Hotel is apparently lost.
                            http://www.yourneighborhoodnews.com/goffstown-news/2006/02/news/09-no-lost-liberty-hotel-in-weare.html

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                            A managed democracy is a wonderful thing, Manuel, for the managers... and its greatest strength is a 'free press' when 'free' is defined as 'responsible' and the managers decide what is 'irresponsible'.

                            Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
                            By Robert A. Heinlein

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                          • Seth Cohn
                            ... 1) For those of us following this closely, this isn t much of a surprise. Among other things, NH law itself already prevents the taking of land for a
                            Message 13 of 15 , Feb 10, 2006
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                              > Lost Liberty Hotel is apparently lost.

                              1) For those of us following this closely, this isn't much of a
                              surprise. Among other things, NH law itself already prevents the
                              taking of land for a hotel or other 'commercial' usage.
                              Even passage would have meant lawsuits and the end result would be the
                              same: no hotel.

                              2) This was a textbook example of why having 'outsiders' involved is a
                              bad thing. If you want to do things in NH, _live_ in NH. Don't
                              carpetbag. Don't visit. Move or stay out of it.
                              Move to NH and learn how things work here. You'll learn lots in your
                              first few years...
                              All of us here are still earning at the feet of the old hands who are
                              teaching us many valuable lessons.

                              3) Eminent Domain reform is far from a dead issue. Souter's house is
                              far from safe yet... :)

                              4) People who don't understand NH Town meetings and political
                              structure should stay out of the picture (see #2) (No really, see
                              #2.) One person who _knows_ the system and writes extensively about
                              it predicted this exact sort of outcome... but nobody on the 'hotel'
                              side wanted to listen... they 'knew' better. And got spanked.)

                              5) There was widespread support in general for the idea... but the
                              simple majority of those who showed up at the meeting prevailed.
                              Showing up is more than half the battle. This is the major lesson:
                              you might have enough supporters out there, but getting them to the
                              polls/meeting is 90% of the problem. GOTV. GOTV. GOTV. So long as
                              the Democrats and Republicans play this game well, they win. If you
                              can't successfully GOTV where you live (and I believe that's true all
                              over), it's time to move to NH and help us here... the more the
                              merrier..
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