On 20 Nov 2000 06:27:49 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith Ramsay) wrote:
>[...] When people say, "your vote counts" and things like that, >they do NOT normally mean "there's a substantial probability that if >all other voters had voted the same way as they actually did, but you >voted differently, that the outcome would be different". I never have >heard anyone say that, and I don't think it's a faithful precision on >what they do mean.
I hadn't seen anyone say that either, until I looked at the link in the post at the top of this thread. That _is_ more or less the definition of a voter's "power" in that link.
Curious that when I said I agreed that we should maximize a voter's power but said this seemed like a silly definition of "a voter's power" the replies I got didn't say anything about the question of what the definition should be. Probably that's because I'm a crackpot.
David C. "Fuck you, Bill - you know when you say things like that you should really clarify what you're confused about when people ask, _especially_ when one of the relevant issues is whether people can justify what they say, or you claim you're trying to 'emulate' Baez..." Ullrich