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Voting matters - To advance the understanding of preferential voting systems

Issue 25, September 2008

(Complete issue in PDF, 276Kb.)


There are three items in this issue:
Although this issue might appear to have less content than usual, the Editor has a number of papers promised or being processed and hence it may well be a shorter gap to Issue 26.
In two months time, the US will hold an election to appoint the most powerful person in the world. Following the hanging-chad problems, the Federal Government has passed legislation to regulate the software in voting machines. These regulations fall far short of the most rigorous software engineering standards, as applied for instance, in Civil Avionics systems (see DO-178B).
We must therefore hope that the result is not close enough to call into question the quality of such software-enabled systems.
(DO-178B - Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification is the mandated standard for software for the civil avionics industry. It has five levels of compliance according to the severity of the failure of the component in question. At the highest level (A) it is probably the most demanding consensus software engineering standard. A level of the standard could be applied to any item of software.)

Readers are reminded that views expressed in Voting matters by contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the McDougall Trust or its trustees.

Papers with citations

  1. Thomas Hare: A New Statistical Method. (p1-12, PDF 132Kb)
  2. Peter Emerson: Review - The Persuadable Voter. (p13-17, PDF 88Kb)
  3. Philip Kestelman: Transferable Proportionality. (p18-25, PDF 144Kb) [27, 27-36, PDF].

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