Re: time to (re)consider preferential voting?
- From: "Quim Gil" <qgil gnome org>
- To: "Shaun McCance" <shaunm gnome org>
- Cc: Luis Villa <luis tieguy org>, Foundation-List <foundation-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: time to (re)consider preferential voting?
- Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 21:36:46 +0200
On Feb 17, 2008 1:47 AM, Shaun McCance <shaunm gnome org> wrote:
> Maybe I'm the only one, but I don't really see the point.
Normally people have preferences over candidates, even between the
ones getting their votes. Proposing a preferential system makes sense.
> For the board elections, we are electing seven people,
> and we each get to cast up to seven votes. I don't
> think we've ever seen the list of candidates unfairly
> cut due to non-preferential voting.
I bet many of us vote _strongly_ for certain candidates and are happy
to vote _also_ others. In case of close results (and we had them
around the 7th position in the last years) this system might give
preference to those candidates _strongly_ supported by a sector of the
membership, probably in exchange of candidates voted by many, although
not that effusively.
Perhaps this gives better chances to commited newcomers or specialists
in a single area. I think all in all would help having more radical
changes from board to board if there are interesting newcomers.
> Any preferential voting systems is going to make the
> voting process more difficult. If I had had to order
> my votes in previous elections, I'm sure it would have
> been mostly arbitrary. If it's not solving any real
> problems, why bother?
I don't think many people has the same opinion over the seven
candidates is voting. Even if it wouldn't make that difference in the
final results I think it's worth using it. It makes you think more
about who are you voting and who you really want to see in the board.
I don't see the big effort of doing this once a year...
Quim Gil /// http://flors.wordpress.com
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