Snarfangel writes: Voting method debates are generally considered snooze-producers for all but a small group of aficionados, partly because they involve large, non-intuitive spreadsheets and tables. For something so important to democratically-elected governments, that is a shame.
Fortunately, it is possible to create visual representations of voting methods, revealing where methods agree, and where they fall into voting paradoxes. Ka-Ping Yee has created multicolored graphs covering Plurality, Approval, Borda, Condorcet, and IRV. While the flaws in Plurality are readily apparent, what is even more fascinating is the failure of IRV in certain elections.
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