Thanks for running this again!
Something I want to bring up before it’s too late instead of after :
I would like to get a version of the raw ballots cast in this election. No identifying info. Just an account of the approvals made by each ballot. Order doesn’t matter.
The point: approval voting wasn’t designed for multi-winner elections, although it’s served us well anyway so far. I would like to run the ballots through 4 other methods (although all closely related), based on approval voting ballots, that were designed to pick multiple winners.
Just to see what happens. The other methods are designed to break up “tyranny of the majority cabals” for more representative results. For example, if there are 100 voters here, 60 vote for the 5 oldest candidates, and 40 for the 5 youngest, under pure approval voting the 5 oldest will win all of the positions. Under any of the other schemes, only 3 of the oldest will win. Since 2/5th of the voters wanted a younger candidate, they’ll get 2/5th of the winners (which is, of course, 2 positions out of the 5 winners).
It would at least be interesting to see whether “the math” does detect “cabals” in our voting patterns, and, if so, whether the different methods agree on what they are.