Cardinal Baldwin seems like a very good voting method. Thinking about the “rubber band” renormalization, I was kind of having a difficult time justifying to myself why the whole ballot should be “stretched” rather than simply the highest rated candidate(s) still in the running having their score replaced with the maximum.
I think it could give voters even less incentive to exaggerate their scores. Basically giving a candidate a higher score would be preventative against their elimination, but that protection would be tempered against potentially competing with the voters’ most preferred choice. The mathematics is also simpler—rather than dealing with rational numbers, only integers are ever involved.
I understand that some of the purpose of scoring is so that the candidates are scored “independently,” but I don’t think that is ever going to be plausible in a single winner system. This way voters would be forced to balance out their preferences. I could see it potentially introducing a degree of regret in hindsight, which is something disliked. I’m not sure it’s totally unwarranted though.
Just a thought, again. Any comments are welcome. Hopefully I’m not spamming with too many topics, I just find this all very interesting.