Voting in Smaller Groups

  1. When you need to make a group decision, what method(s) do you use to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard? 

When you need to make a group decision, one needs to use the approval voting method where you ask the group for the available options. It also encompasses asking the members to raise their hands in support of any of the options and one will get the most popular choice. In this method, one is allowed to vote more than once by raising their hands on different options.

  1. Have you ever had your friends, family, group mates, or others vote on any particular issue? 

I have had a voting experience with my family before, and we used a different style of voting. We utilized a piece of paper where each one was given a bit and asked to write down their preferred option with the best alternative being chosen.

  1. How did you feel about the video’s suggestion for voting in small groups?

The method portrayed in the video’s suggestion is a simple way of voting in a smaller group. It shortens the time taken in the voting process and ensures that the most popular option is chosen. However, it may not be the best option in a situation where one may be intimidated by the majority to vote for a particular choice.

  1. In our lectures this week, we discussed Arrow’s Theorem that states there is no true fair method for voting. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? 

Arrows Theorem’s view on voting is true and despite the best intentions of a voting system, some flaws make it unfair. For instance, in the approval voting, one may feel intimidated to vote for an option that they do not prefer. This, therefore, may lead to a choice that does not reflect the majority. In such a case, the next actions taken might be misleading and can affect the way a group of people functions in achieving their specific objectives. In such a case, there is a need to use more than two methods to verify the results and guarantee that reliability is observed in all instances while considering the views of all parties.


Work Cited

“Quick And Easy Voting For Normal People”. Youtube, 2014,