Three objections to bayesian voting

Thus far, we have identified a voting paradox in law and proposed a system of “bayesian voting” by judges in multi-member panels. There are, however, at least three major objections to my proposed system of bayesian voting:

1. Practicality (operational objection): Bayesian voting is much more cumbersome and complicated than traditional forms of binary voting. (Our initial reply to this objection is here.)

2. Incommensurability (logical objection): Since each voter’s credence is subjective, it is meaningless to combine or aggregate such subjective and incommensurable values. (You can find our initial reply to the incommensurability objection here.)

3. Anti-majoritarianism (ethical objection): Bayesian voting can produce anti-majoritarian outcomes. (We address this third objection here. We will also explore the morality of bayesian voting vis-a-vis traditional majoritarian voting in future blog posts.)

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