Approval Voting: A Multi-outcome Election
Haradhan Kumar Mohajan
This paper deals with approval voting and its critical
strategy profile. Approval voting is a single winner
voting system used for multi-candidate elections. In
this method each voter may vote for as many of the
candidates as she wishes that is the voter votes for all
candidates of whom the voter approves. In Approval
voting no ranking is involved, so all the votes have
equal weight. Some scientific and engineering societies
adopted approval voting but unfortunately yet has not
adopted in any public election, despite efforts to
institute it, so its success should be judge as mixed.
The paper discusses aspects of approval voting and
compares with some other voting rules. Approval voting
may elect Condorcet winners or Condorcet losers. In
addition the paper is enlightened to stability of
approval voting outcomes.
JEL. Classification: D72; D73; K41; P16; P48
Keywords: Condorcet winner, Strategy profile, AV outcomes.