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Sincere-strategy preference-based approval voting broadly resists control

By Gábor Erdélyi, Markus Nowak and Jörg Rothe


We study sincere-strategy preference-based approval voting (SP-AV), a system proposed by Brams and Sanver [BS06], with respect to procedural control. In such control scenarios, an external agent seeks to change the outcome of an election via actions such as adding/deleting/partitioning either candidates or voters. SP-AV combines the voters ’ preference rankings with their approvals of candidates, and we adapt it here so as to keep its useful features with respect to approval strategies even in the presence of control actions. We prove that this system is computationally resistant (i.e., the corresponding control problems are NPhard) to 19 out of 22 types of constructive and destructive control. Thus, SP-AV has more resistances to control, by three, than is currently known for any other natural voting system with a polynomial-time winner problem. In particular, SP-AV is (after Copeland voting [FHHR08]) the second natural voting system with an easy winner-determination procedure that is known to have full resistance to constructive control, and unlike Copeland voting it in addition displays broad resistance to destructive control.

Year: 2008
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