Are there any examples of this method being used by any organisation? LukeSurl
- I was going to ask the same. Is this a purely academic concept? Wouter Lievens 15:03, 18 Mar 2005 (UTC)
- Presumably an example of a random ballot (with 2 voters and 2 alternatives) would be the coin toss at the start of a sporting event which determines which of the two team captains decides whether to play first or second...? --22.214.171.124 00:37, 7 May 2005 (UTC)
"it undermines majority rule since there is a substantial possibility that the selected voter may be in the minority."
Well yes, but this is less likely to be a problem if the method is used to select memebers of a large group, rather than a single voter. Should this article cover this case, or is that a topic for another article? See also Voting system. This is the method used to select the Council of 500 prytanies in the Athenian democracy. ABostrom 22:30, July 14, 2005 (UTC)
It could be mentioned that this is the most proportional form of democracy you could ever get. In that, a party with 5% of the vote may get 5% of the seats, but that does not necessarily translate into 5% of the power - if able to hold the balance of power and gain significant concessions it could be more than this, but if only a tag-along to a major party, it could be much less power. In random ballots, a party with 5% of the vote has a 5% chance of power - exactly proportional. That does not make it necessarily desirable. -Nichlemn 02:12, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
Single Stochastic Vote
Random ballot was promoted - under the name "Single Stochastic Vote" (a parody of Single Transferable Vote) by Henry Potts in the Usenet group uk.politics.electoral around the time of the 1997 General Election. A search of the google archives would probably be productive —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 18:33, 15 April 2007 (UTC).
Swedish football betting
When one of the 13 football games of the Swedish toto ("Stryktipset") is cancelled (mostly due to bad weather), the "outcome" of that game is decided by a random ballot. Ten daily newspapers have before the cancellation tried to foresee the result, and each guess is represented by one ballot. To these 10 ballots are added 2 ballots for each possible result (home win, draw or away win), for a total of 16 of which 1 is drawn. Although it is not a political election, it could be seen as a modified random ballot method... Fomalhaut76 (talk) 11:53, 20 December 2008 (UTC)