[E-voting] Compulsory voting
cansbro at eircom.net
Thu Sep 8 20:31:18 IST 2005
Paper ballots could handle the Robson rotation. Has anyone ever
suggested this be done here in Ireland? It would be fairer. I don't
believe it would increase printing costs very much.
It would make the ballot counting process harder, though, and possibly
more prone to errors.
> One of the effects of compulsory voting on preferential systems is
> that people who are voting to avoid being fined will very often vote
> 1, 2, 3, etc. from the top of the ballot, greatly increasing the
> electibility of those whose surnames are at the start of the alphabet.
> There is a well known example of this from Australia, when the
> Australian Labor party won an election by nominating only candidates
> whose surnames began with A.
> In Australian stv elections, where voting is compulsory, the ballot
> papers are randomised using "Robson rotation". If there are 10
> candidates then candidate X would be in position 1 on 10% of the
> ballot papers, in position 2 on 10%, etc.
> While obviously it would be possible for an electronic voting system
> to handle Robson rotation, it is not something that Nedap Powervote
> can handle.
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