[EM] Name for suggested Approval implementation: EMV Earn My Vote
Prelude: imagine a cumbersome version of approval in which each voter gets a separate approval ballot for each candidate and has a month to submit them whether one-by-one or en masse.
As soon as you are satisfied with a candidate's commitment to earn your vote, you mark it with a thumbs-up and send it in. The ballots you never send in are not counted as approval.
Perhaps to earn your trust they have to sign on to a movement or pledge to support medicare, green new deal, BDS, etc.
The sooner they respond, the sooner you can decide if you trust them. As the results trickle in they are published as a running tally that helps inform voters' strategy decisions as well as candidates' willingness to make various pledges.
The candidate that ends up with the greatest number of approvals wins.
That's too cumbersome to be practical. So what can we do to preserve the spirit of this method while making it more practical?
The main feature that we want to preserve is a time interval for negotiation between voters and candidates during which there is bargaining for approval votes in a transparent setting.
Voters get only one ballot, but next to each candidate name there are three choices ...
1. A "like" icon (thumbs up) 2. A reject icon (thumbs down) or 3. A question mark (?).
Before the barganing/negotiation session starts the voters fill in the ballots and submit them. The respective thumbs up and down icons are used only for those candidates that they already unconditionally trust or reject, respectively, while question marks are placed next to the names of the remaining candidates. These question marks are to be resolved during the negotiation session.
Some ballots may have no question marks while others may consist almost entirely of question marks. If there is only one candidate with a thumbs up icon, then that candidate by default is the one that will serve as proxy for the ballot owner in the bargaining session. Otherwise the voter must clearly indicate which of the thumbs-up candidates is to be delegated proxy status.
Before the bargaining session starts a chart is published detailing the "assets" or bargaining chips of the respective candidates, in other words, how many question marks each proxy has to resolve for each of the other candidates. During the negotiations the chart is updated for all to see.
When all question marks are resolved the candidate with the greatest number of thumbs up is elected. This number is the same as the total number of ballots minus the minimum number of thumbs down.