As the political debate intensifies prior to a General Election, the search for a better technical understanding continues here.
Hugh Warren responds to remarks made about his suggestion for merging X voting with STV.
The issue of undertaking recounts with STV is very unclear. Even with computer counts, ensuring that there are no errors whatsoever in the data input is unrealistic. My own paper provides details of a computer system designed to detect if an STV election is close enough to justify a recount.
Joe Otten provides details of an algorithm for handling STV elections with complex constraints. Even though such constraints override the voters' intentions, it seems that several elections are of this type and hence there is a demand for such an implementation.
David Hill provides an analysis of STV when equality of preference is permitted. It seems that there are problems in this area, so the fact that conventional STV does not provide equality is not necessarily a disadvantage.
Lastly, I provide a paper concerned with the transparency of STV. The conclusion is to call for the partial disclosure of the votes so that anybody can perform an effective check on the counting process. Comments on this and all the other papers are welcome!
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