Monday, December 13, 2004, 3:50:27 PM, Mark wrote:
MS> An example:
MS> Imagine the five-person council deciding for one option among five
MS> different options for something: Options A, B, C, D, and E.
MS> Further imagine that each member most favored a separate one of the five
MS> options--so each option would get one vote.
MS> With first-past-the-post, you'd not get clear winner.
Quite, this is a misleading example: eg 5:5 where it is hard to expect
a clear winner.
The /vote for council members/ is completely different, we have a couple
of hundred choosing 5 from about 12 where a fifth position tie is
unlikely. - In effect we are only eliminating those with lower votes,
we are not choosing a winner! The fact that person A gets twice the
votes of person B is irrelevant provided that both get more than
person F in sixth position.