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Majority JudgmentMeasuring, Ranking, and Electing$
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Michel Balinski and Rida Laraki

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015134

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015134.001.0001

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Common Language: Voting

Common Language: Voting

(p.251) 15 Common Language: Voting
Majority Judgment

Michel Balinski

Rida Laraki

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the importance of a simplified common language with clear cultural meanings for grading political candidates. Voters using majority judgment are better at expressing their opinion about a candidate compared with giving rank-orders. The 2007 Orsay experiment in the context of the majority judgment ballot that took place during the French presidential elections in 2007 is also discussed, with a focus on the use of language in which the hypothetical voting process was explained to voters. Analysis on the grades allotted during the experiment is presented along with homogeneity of voters’ grades to consider the use of language by the voting population.

Keywords:   common language, majority judgment, political candidates, Orsay experiment, voting population

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