Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Democracy is always unfair

Interesting read.

On 5 May, the UK will hold a referendum to determine which voting system the country should use in future elections, with voters asked to decide whether they want to adopt the Alternative Vote (AV) or stick with the First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) system, which is currently used. Can mathematics tell us which system is the most fair?

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to see AV (I thought this was usually called IRV - Instant Runoff Voting... anyhow.) implemented here. Or the mixed proportional representation scheme we didn't adopt in Ontario a few years ago. Really, almost anything over the FPTP system we have now. Except maybe not the random ballot. The (admittedly small) chance that a joke candidate would be elected based on luck of the draw scares me a little. Although perhaps not as much as the thought of some of our better-known candidates getting in...

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