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VC-News: New Polling Method

Thu Nov 9, 2000 - 9:24 PM EST - By Marcus Adolfsson

We today changed our polling method to a system called Approval voting.

The difference? You can now vote for several of the "candidates" when casting your vote, instead of just one.

For example, in our current poll "What should we cover the most during Comdex?" you could select both Wireless and GPS, if both interests you.

From a recent article in Discover magazine:

"Approval voting, the simplest of the alternative methods, dates back to at least the 13th century, when Venetians used it to help elect their magistrates. It was subsequently reinvented many times, although it didn't acquire a name until 1976. In an approval vote, a person casts one vote for every candidate he or she considers qualified for the office. It's like an opinion poll, only the results are added up to determine a winner ..."

"Voters are more equal if they have an equal opportunity to express themselves," he [Donald Saari] argues. If I prefer one candidate above everyone else, I can better express myself with a bullet vote for him. Another voter who hates one candidate can express his preferences by voting for the other four."

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