VOTE for US President (Range voting demo).

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Please vote for your choice for US President. Award each candidate a numerical score between 0 and 99. Advise giving your favorite candidate 99 and the worst one 0. If you intentionally wish to express no opinion about that candidate, then please leave their slot blank; only nonblank scores will be incorporated into the averaging.

George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William H. Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
James E. Carter
Ronald W. Reagan
George Herbert W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George Walker Bush

You might want to mentally compare what happens to this range-voting election, with what you think would happen in an old-fashioned plurality-style election with the same slate of candidates, assuming that the two major-party candidates were the two most popular (from their respective parties) of all time, namely L.B.Johnson(Dem, with 61.0% of the popular vote in 1964) and R.M.Nixon(Repub, with 60.7% in 1972) - i.e. those parties were using previous historical results as their "primaries" - and assuming the others were running as minor-party or unaffiliated candidates. Is range-voting returning a better, worse, or the same winner?

Another thing you might want to ask yourself: how do you feel about leaving some entries - i.e. for the ones you do not know much about - blank? Thus leaving the decision about that one to hopefully-better-informed minds (history professors?) floating around the internet? Or perhaps you prefer to guess, or to give them a zero based on the theory that if you don't remember anything about them, they must not have been very good? But perhaps "zero" is inappropriate because you probably have heard about the really bad presidents. It is an interesting tradeoff, is it not? If you want to get serious about range voting, it is worth going through this exercise in full. Just so you can have the experience once.

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