Date: 2011-02-21 12:35 (UTC)
lavendersparkle: (Labservative)
Presumably support for the candidate among those who marked them '2' was less than among those who marked them '1' (or they'd have marked them '1' as well)

I think your logic is flawed. Some people might really like two of the candidates much more than all the others but not have a very strong preference between them. Someone else might not really care but vote because that's what you do and pick as their first preference who ever's name looks nice. Someone else might hate all of the candidates but pick the least bad option. You can tell by the preference ordering are ordinal, so you can't make interpersonal comparisons. Anyway, we don't base votes' weights on the strength of the voters' feelings or else my vote would count for way more than most people's.
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