VoteFair ranking: Math-based voting power for the 99%

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Just-released open-source software that implements VoteFair ranking is now available to help us reach higher levels of voting fairness. You do voting when you click on Google results, and you use voting results when you view the star rating of an Amazon product. Now learn how voting really works, how it is usually miscalculated -- intentionally in the case of elections -- and how it can be done to fully extract the wisdom in a group. Learn the math behind the puppet strings that connect politicians to the biggest campaign contributors. (Partial spoiler: The biggest unfairness is hidden in primary elections.) Also learn the math that eventually will cut those puppet strings. Along the way you will learn that there are different kinds of popularity.

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Just-released open-source software that implements VoteFair ranking is now available to help us reach higher levels of voting fairness. You do voting when you click on Google results, and you use voting results when you view the star rating of an Amazon product. Now learn how voting really works, how it is usually miscalculated — intentionally in the case of elections — and how it can be done to fully extract the wisdom in a group. Learn the math behind the puppet strings that connect politicians to the biggest campaign contributors. (Partial spoiler: The biggest unfairness is hidden in primary elections.) Also learn the math that eventually will cut those puppet strings. Along the way you will learn that there are different kinds of popularity.

Key content: “Currently we use single-mark ballots that make it easy for the 1% special interests to outvote the 99%. The 1% refers to the people who contribute the largest amounts of money to election campaigns, which is different from the 1% wealthiest people. The huge gap between the 99% voters and the 1% special interests is bigger than (and perpendicular to) the gap between the Republican and Democratic parties. The essential ingredient for closing this frustrating gap is open-source election software that accommodates 1-2-3 ballots and pairwise counting.”

Speaking experience

Richard Fobes gave a longer version of this presentation at the Westside Proggers meeting (in January), and a Perl-oriented version at the PDX Perl Mongers meeting (upcoming in March). Several years ago he gave an Ignite talk (on a different topic) at Salem Ignite, and the video of it is at: http://igniteshow.com/videos/yip-movie-ratings-and-other-creative-solutions Note the use of high-quality slides, and the absence of notes.

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