VoteFair ranking and other fair vote-counting methods

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Open-source software is available to bring surveys, rankings, ratings, polls, and organizational elections into the digital era. Yet far too often websites and organizations use voting methods that are no better than the single-mark ballots we use in governmental elections. Alas, when innovative developers take the DIY approach, the results are usually disastrous.

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Open-source software is available to bring surveys, rankings, ratings, polls, and organizational elections into the digital era. Yet far too often websites and organizations use voting methods that are no better than the single-mark ballots we use in governmental elections. Alas, when innovative developers take the DIY approach, the results are usually disastrous.

Learn how voting works. And learn what doesn’t work. Along the way you will learn why single-mark ballots are so vulnerable to monetary manipulation. The Declaration of Election-Method Reform Advocates (http://www.BanSingleMarkBallots.org) will provide a framework for this insightful discussion of fair, and unfair, voting methods.

You will be introduced to the good (approval, Condorcet, MJ, range), the OK (IRV), the unfair (what Wikimedia does), and the ugly (Borda count).

Speaking experience

This is a new presentation, and is custom-designed for OpenSourceBridge.

A free ebook version of the presenter's book titled _Ending the Hidden Unfairness in U.S. Elections_ will soon be available.

Over the last five years, Richard has given about two presentations per year. Here is a link to a presentation he gave at the 2009 Ignite Salem event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wk3EHjfP4E

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