[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Implementing Single Transferrable Voting for ARIN Elections

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Thu Feb 10 17:02:17 EST 2022

> On Feb 10, 2022, at 12:59 , William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 6, 2022 at 8:38 AM ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:
>> One recommendation that has arisen from this governance review is to replace the current first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system with single transferrable voting (STV), also known as ranked-choice voting. STV would provide the ability for the community to realize the following primary benefits:
> Hello,
> Since the consultation is coming to a close, I want to take a moment
> to reiterate:
> I respectfully OPPOSE a transition to STV voting due to the
> demonstrated mathematical flaws in the process.
> STV as proposed in the consultation can lead to unexpected and
> undesirable results including:
> * defeat of the plurality candidate who got the most votes
> * election of a candidate opposed by a clear majority of voters
> It can reach these undesired results because the math involved in the
> instant-runoff process amplifies the impact of some votes while
> effectively nullifying others. I went through the math back in my
> early January posts if you want to see how that happens.

Since we are reiterating here… I will reiterate my support for the transition to STV.

The examples Bill cited of how the math can go awry are woefully tortured. Further, he puts quite
a bit of inference of voter intent into his conclusions that may differ from actual voter intent.


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