Electology for the Hugos

For: The Center for Election Science
Kansas City, MO
Organizer: Jameson Quinn
Electology for the Hugos (The Center for Election Science)
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The Story

For the past two years, a minority of slate nominators have managed to pick a majority of the Hugo finalists. Last year, I helped propose an improvement to the voting system, E Pluribus Hugo (EPH). I raised funds to attend Sasquan, and I was there to help explain the proposal, which passed the Business Meeting by a 3:1 margin after extensive debate; if we ratify it this year, we can start using it next year.

This year, my coauthor Bruce Schneier and I were given access to last year's nomination data in order to see how EPH would have worked. We found that it would have helped significantly, ensuring that at least one nominee in each category was slate-free. But we also found that there would still have been several categories without a choice between two or more slate-free nominees.

There are several ways we could deal with this. We could use just EPH, and live with the possibility of only one slate-free nominee per category; we could strengthen slightly it using a proposal called EPH+, which would tend to raise that number to two; we could pass a proposal called 3SV, to allow voters to disqualify disruptive slate nominees before they become finalists; and there are other, related, proposals that have been floated. I believe that there will be at least two new proposals on the table this year, and I think that, as with last year, my voting systems expertise could be valuable in helping the Business Meeting understand the implications of these options and decide what to do.

So, again, I'm raising funds to go to Worldcon this year (MAC II). I'm also hoping to raise extra money for The Center for Election Science, an incorporated charitable organization which supports reforming election systems more generally. (I'm a board member for the CES, and of course I feel that we do good, important work.)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 15, 2016

Posted on July 15, 2016

We're into the home stretch, with just $450 to meet the goal. For me, I'm already grateful to everyone who's given. But as much as electology.org is a good cause, and as much as I'm sure some of the donors here support it in its own right, I also realize that some of the people here would be badly disappointed if we failed to reach the goal, and so despite your generous support I would not be able to go to Worldcon.

I'm doing what I can to meet and exceed the goal, and publicizing this in various places. But this works better if you all can help with that. If you have a blog, and would like me to write a guest post about  EPH and/or general voting theory, I'd be happy to do so. Otherwise, anything you can do to help me get the word out, however you can, is appreciated.

Also, if you know anybody who has a spare Worldcon attending membership they could donate, that would be valuable. 

Posted on May 31, 2016

Posted on May 31, 2016

Last year, I was under budget, so the excess of $380 went to the CES.

This year, I'm hoping to raise even more for the organization, so I hope that this campaign goes well over it's goals. To help make that happen, I'll be giving rewards and posting stretch goals, as with a Kickstarter campaign.

Here are the rewards so far. Note that these only apply if the campaign reaches its goal of $1400.

Every donor over $1 gets a ribbon. If you can't get a free one from me in person at the con, give me your address, and I'll send it to you. 

For every donation of $60, I will write an analysis of the fictional election or other quasi-democratic proceeding of your choice. I'll consider the strengths and weaknesses of the election system, the game theory between the various candidates and/or voting blocs, etc. 3 page minimum. Are you wondering if the voting gizmo for electing the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch on the TV show was secure? Or maybe you wonder if Asimov's classic story "Franchise" actually makes any sense? Wonder no more.

For a donation of $100, anybody who wants one will get a T-shirt like last year's EPH rocket made of Best Novel titles, but with 2015's winner included. Market value, $15. (You'll probably be able to buy the T-shirt separately, but I don't guarantee it, so this may be your only chance.)

If the donation is $150, I'll do my best to write an analysis of a fictional election, as described above, in the voice of an in-universe character or characters. Electoral fan fiction; be still my heart!

More individual rewards and/or stretch goals yet to come.

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