On Feb 16, 2008 6:47 PM, Shaun McCance <sha...@gnome.org> wrote:
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.
Well, of course we haven't seen that list, since it can't exist
without having asked people to rank the candidates :)
And I'm sure I've
never made a strategic vote for one person instead of
another I like more, simply to block another person.
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 there is a huge problem here that needs to be solved,
but my instinct is that it would have made at least a small difference
in past elections. In particular, the creative commons election
exposed a situation where one candidate got a lot of first and *last*
place votes, and as a result did not make the board, and I have a
sense that something similar might have happened with us in past
elections had we practiced preferential voting.