[r6rs-discuss] SC Roles (was Re: voting process)
feeley at iro.umontreal.ca
Sun Nov 9 01:49:37 EST 2008
On 9-Nov-08, at 12:17 AM, Alan Bawden wrote:
> Now I confess I'm still in the dark about how exactly such a
> combined vote
> could work in a way that appears to be fair. So let me ask this: is
> any way in which separate registration and voting seem -unfair-?
> Maybe it
> seems inconvenient, cumbersome, needlessly complicated, slow, etc.
> assuming we modify the registration process to make -everybody-
> (even if there were registered for the R6RS vote), would there be
> that seems unfair about it?
I've thought about this some. My first reaction was to say that it is
fair given that all voters are treated equally. However, if one
considers the accessibility to the voting process then I would have to
say it is unfair because some people can access the voting process
(registration and vote on the web) more easily than others. It is a
question of the voter having enough free time, having the technical
facility to access the registration and voting forms, and being
reminded of the deadlines before they are passed. I'm specifically
thinking of those who registered for the R6RS vote, but did not
actually vote. Of course no procedure can be totally fair, but the
goal is to be as fair as possible. I think that having a single
submission of registration and vote is closer to the ideal. I don't
know how it is in the US, but here in Canada you have to show an ID
when you go to the polling station. To me the "registration" is a
form of ID of being a Scheme "citizen", so I find the single event
registration+vote to be natural.
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