From @parker_friedland on the old GoogleGroup.
- In a survey, ask people to honestly rate every candidate (including primary candidates) in three real world competitive elections (such as the 2008, 2012, and 2016 US presidential elections) from 0 to 5 stars on three separate pieces of paper (one piece of paper for each election and have them to do this in pen so they cannot erase).
- Ask everybody that participated in the survey to participate in a study to simulate the first of the three elections under some alternative voting method.
- Tell them that each of them will win 20 cents times the number of stars they rated the winning candidate.
- Randomly chose some percentage of the people participating in the study to participate in an anonymous poll about how they would vote in that election under the alternative voting method.
- Reveal those poll results.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 two more times (but remember to conduct each poll one at a time so each poll has the ability to affect the next poll).
- Encourage the people participating in the study (but do not require them) to reveal the paper that has their honest ratings on them to other people in the study, as well as the ability to discuss strategies with people that have opinions that are similar to their own. The people participating in the study will have an hour to do this.
- Have everybody vote anonymously under the alternative voting method.
- Give everybody 20 cents times the number of stars they rated the winning candidate.
- Repeat steps 2 through 9 under the second election (so that if they feel that their strategy didn’t work, they will have the opportunity to try again with a new strategy).
- Repeat steps 2 through 9 under the final and most recent election. But now that the voters have gotten the hang of this, use 2 dollars (or more if you can afford it) instead of 20 cents so they have a much greater stake in the election.
I would like to propose a few tweaks of my own, though.
- For step 1, add some background info on the third parties so that people do not just leave them blank. Also, perhaps require that every ballot include at least one “5” and at least one “0”?
- Step 3 should probably be done after the first poll of step 4.
- How does 9 work anonymously? Seems to take a lot of time.
- For 10 it might be good to double the stakes… unless people will catch on and realize the third round is what “really matters”.
- For the first and second election, we should probably manipulate it further so some people just vote honestly.
What do you think?