Try Your Hand! - An Approval Voting Experiment
by blues, Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 12:03:59 AM EST
This is a "non-scientific" experiment to see how well MyDD users might be able to express their preferences from among progressive presidential candidates. This will not be a normal poll, first because I am arbitrarily limiting the field of available candidates in order to avoid debates regarding which candidates would qualify as "truly progressive." If this were an actual national election, no such arbitrary limitation of potential candidates would be appropriate at all.
Also, owing to the technical limits of the options available to me as an ordinary user on this site, I will not be able to conduct this poll according to a "secret ballot" methodology.
I am arbitrarily qualifying the field of available candidates as "truly progressive" based strictly upon the manner in which they voted on the recent Alito confirmation cloture decision in the Senate.
24 Democrats and one Independent voted "No" for cloture on the Alito filibuster.
The Independent who voted "No" was:
This voting experiment, though far from perfect, is extremely simple. It's primary goal is to provide some new insights into how MyDDers evaluate candidates. Choosing a "best" candidate is not the goal here.
You can simply list the set of names of candidates that you approve of in a comment. And additional comments regarding your opinion of how well this experiment is working out would be welcome also.
Here are my (somewhat ad hoc.) provisos:
# There will be two days, starting on Wednesday morning, March 22, 2006 in which users will have a "window" in which to specify from one to eight of the field of 24 "qualified" candidates; each candidate you specify will receive one vote. The eight candidates who receive the greatest number of votes by the morning of Friday, March 24, will remain in the running. In case of ties, I will break them by pulling numbers out of a cup.
# Between the morning of Friday, March 24, and Sunday, March 26, users will have a window in which to give one vote to from one to four of the eight remaining candidates. Again, any ties will be decided as described above.
# Between the morning of Sunday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 28, users will have a window in which to give one vote to from one to two of the four remaining candidates.
# Between the morning of Tuesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 30, users will have a window in which to give one vote to one of the two remaining contenders.
It would probably be wise to remember that this exercise is merely a semi-formal experiment.