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03:33 am - Maverick Magazine Exclusive: The 50 Hottest Women Alive - 2006 Edition

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 18th, 2006 - 11:41 pm (Link)
actually, my voting is much more fair than that. There are many voting systems in use in the world. The American system, which mixes single vote choice with an electoral college is actually really low on the totem pole of goodness. Instant run-off is way better, but it's a pain in the ass to count by hand, and I didn't feel like it. What I'm using is a truncated Borda Count (more or less). Much like all good things in the universe, you can find details on Wikipedia:

Basically, the problem with your theory is that it effectively lets a minority elect the winner. Since the maximum number of points a person could get is 10, a person who only got a single 10 vote would win. My mom for instance received only 3 votes. All of which were worth 10 points. Kiera Knightley on the other hand received 15 votes. None of which were a 10. So ignoring Angelina and Scarlett for a moment, if there could only be one winner. Who should be picked. My mom who 5% of the electorate REALLY liked (including herself, and a spammer) or Kierra who 28% of the electorate MOSTLY liked. My way places Kierra above. Which is the way I feel it should be. Honestly, I feel that way about electing a President too. The problem with all ranked voting methods is that they are more complicated and take more time than single vote methods. But really, if people don't want to take time, fuck them. Electing a president isn't supposed to be easy.
[User Picture]From: muh0m0r Date: May 19th, 2006 - 12:02 am (Link)
Ha! Did you actually count the anonymous vote?

Anyway, that was the point I was trying to make. If your mom appeared on every list, the situation you're describing would not be a problem. So I still think having everyone vote on the same list, which can be created by a separate poll, would be a better way to do this.

I sorta skimmed the article, but it looks like that method is applied to a predefined list of candidates.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 19th, 2006 - 12:28 am (Link)
yes, I counted the anonymous vote.

no, it allows for write-ins. I really don't see what you're hoping to gain by having a predefined ballot. Are you implying that you simply didn't vote for say "Elisha Cuthbert" because you were unaware that she was a choice. You realize of course that even in the broken American system, there are untold hundreds of people running for president in any given election that you never see on the ballot. It also allows for write-ins. You're unduly influenced to vote for one of two candidates over the hundreds of others because their name appears on the ballot. If no ones name appeared, then no one would have that advantage.
[User Picture]From: muh0m0r Date: May 19th, 2006 - 01:34 am (Link)
I didn't vote for Elisha Cuthbert because I have no idea who she is. I'd include Halle Berry in my top 10, but I didn't vote for her simply because, well, she wasn't on my mind at the time. But I would if her name was on the list.

Those write-ins are a kludge. In large scale voting their effect is negligible.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 19th, 2006 - 02:52 am (Link)
only as a flaw in the 2 party single vote electoral college system. In a lot of ways the American electoral system is the worst of all possible worlds.

Anyway, I'm honestly not sure what your point is here. If you don't know who Elisha is then it doesn't matter whether she's on a ballot. If you didn't remember to vote for Halle then the onus is on you for not thinking about your vote enough. No matter what, if I had chosen nominations it would have artificially limited the voting pool which would be a diservice to the point of the whole experiment in the first place.

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