Miscellaneous range-voting-related stuff

We shall list here things that do not fit neatly into any other category.

  1. Plurality is good and range voting bad because the former leads to more governmental "stability"?
  2. Report by a Swiss company about how to improve US voting system. Why does it cost 10 times less per vote to run an election in Switzerland versus in the USA? Swiss voting system report (outline only)
  3. New York and Connecticut non-democratic pathologies in 2006 that would have been cured, or largely cured, by Range Voting.
  4. Ditto for Ohio 2006.
  5. Estimates of economic values of different political/economic systems.
  6. Text of the USA's Voting Rights Act.
  7. Proportional representation– what is it, and is it better or worse than single-winner systems like range voting?
  8. Pretty good Science News article on voting systems by Erica Klarreich (week of 2 Nov. 2002; Vol. 162, 18 p.280; online version includes comments by readers; local copy) and our response.
  9. Science News article on voting systems by Phil McKenna (12 April 2008) which came out to be quite a mess, and our long response trying to clean up the mess.
  10. Another Science News foul-up on voting systems, this one by Julie Rehmeyer 12 March 2008, with our corrections and a link to the original piece.
  11. Our critique of Scientific American article "Fairest Vote of All" by Dasgupta and Maskin (March 2004, pp.92-97).
  12. Point by point analysis of errors and false claims made in a proposal for IRV voting for Denver. An essay advocating Denver instead adopt range voting.
  13. The influential Vermont Instant Runoff Voting report "As easy as 1-2-3" together with our corrections of some of its false and/or misleading claims.
  14. 12-bit colors chart; and the non-dithering colors.
  15. Range Voting "threshhold strategy" made easy.
  16. HTML4 Character Entities chart
  17. Fable for our times about wasted votes.
  18. Official pamphlet (pdf) given to San Francisco voters for referendum to enact Instant Runoff Voting (passed, 5 March 2002, by 55-45 margin). The IRV refendum wording is on page 37 and is 1 sentence long, and that sentence contains a lie. There is also a long disussion of pro and con arguments about it pages 37-45, plus official legal wording on page 46.
  19. Glitches Mar San Francisco (Instant Runoff) Balloting NY Times 5 Nov. 2004 page A26 (pdf).
  20. NC court of appeals election 2010 apparently the only statewide election ever held in USA using an instant runoff process. It appears to have been a failure of democracy.
  21. Nifty world map showing recent RangeVoting.org visitors
  22. Range Voting exit poll in 2006 TX governor election.
  23. Nonprofits – how to incorporate in US states and nonprofit legal notes.
  24. Joe Malkevitch article on Apportionment schemes.
  25. The OSCAR film awards – is their voting procedure flawed?
  26. Little-known historical facts about US Congress Elections
  27. Analysis of Oakland 2010 Mayor election
  28. Voter fraud cases in the USA 2002-2005 (NY Times graphic)
  29. Margins of victory for real world elections for different voting systems
  30. MN supreme court rules Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) Constitutional their decision and some analysis of it
  31. IRV failed to increase voter turnout in San Francisco statistical analysis
  32. Here's what a random IRV election looks like. (Example.) It ignores 75.7% of what the voters say.
  33. BBC study: what would have happened in Britain with IRV? Historical retrospective based on BBC poll data indicates that IRV usually would have wrongly made the LibDems finish 3rd whereas they should have been 2nd... plurality system UK actually used yielded even stronger distortion.
  34. Nobel prizes and democracy; and Great inventions and democracy.
  35. NAACP 2012 report on voter suppression nationwide legislative campaign.
  36. The voting test that was used in the state of Georgia to disenfranchise blacks, until the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 put an end to it. (Supplied by Georgia Tech professor John J. Bartholdi III, who says one had to achieve a perfect score to register to vote.) Could you pass? Here are the alleged answers.
  37. Professional poll of 1202 random Australian adults finding that they prefer plain-plurality voting versus the preferential (instant runoff) system they presently use (if forced to choose one) – i.e. they'd like to abandon IRV – the poll result was 57% to 37% (with 5% don't know/refuse).
  38. Open letter to CfER.org urging them to support range voting, not instant runoff.
  39. Open letter to League of Women Voters of Arizona urging them to support HB2518 bill legalizing approval voting.
  40. The GOP war on voting Rolling Stone Magazine expose of Republican party attempts to stop voting, by Ari Berman.
  41. Envy-free allocations scientific paper by Warren D. Smith, March 2014.
  42. Monetized score voting is my name for an idea advanced in atrocious work by several economists (2012-2013) and improved/corrected/examined by me. The idea is by paying to cast your score voting ballot according to certain carefully designed price formulas, you will become inspired by the profit motive to vote honestly. Unfortunately this disregards some massive real world problems, but perhaps might be ok in some corporate votes and also (if the whole max-profit-motive-theorem is abandoned instead merely seeking to discourage exaggeration in range voting) as modified by us even perhaps in governmental ones.
  43. Historical US Public Debt.
  44. US House & Senate reelection rates 1964-2012 used to assess gerrymandering.
  45. US Congressmen who got elected despite not being the Democratic or Republican nominees, 1902-2000.
  46. 2-party domination turning USA into a nation of hypocrites.
  47. How we used to vote by Jill Lepore, New Yorker magazine, Oct. 2008.
  48. How to Rig an Election by Victoria Collier, Harper's Magazine, Nov. 2012.
  49. Range Voting Election held in combined 3 kindergarten classes at Lowell School (Maryland) by Alan Sherman, 29 April 2010, on question "what is your favorite pet"? [Also discussed was "scantegrity II" fraud-proof voting techniques, in all it took 30 minutes.]

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