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      In the below quoted message, VJ Rada endorsed G.

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Caller:                        Ørjan

Judge:                         o
Judgement:                     FALSE

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History:

Called by Ørjan:                                 25 Sep 2017 23:38:31
Assigned to o:                                    27 Sep 2017 23:44:53
Judged FALSE by o:                                04 Oct 2017 00:04:58

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Caller's Arguments:

Argument: Rule 2127 states

      Casting a vote endorsing another voter is equivalent to
      conditionally casting a vote whose value is the same as the most
      common value (if any) among that voter's valid votes on that
      decision.

It seems to me that VJ Radas votes are equivalent to what's stated in 
the last part of that, and thus are endorsements.

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Judge o's Arguments:

V.J Rada cast a vote which read

> I vote as G. does.

The rule that defines endorsement is rule 2127 (“Conditional Votes”), the 
relevant part of which reads:

> Casting a vote endorsing another voter is equivalent to conditionally 
casting a vote whose value is the same as the most common value (if any) 
among that voter's valid votes on that decision.

This defines an equivalence relationship between a class of conditional 
votes and the notation that a vote endorses another voter. The two are, by 
definition, interchangeable: if, in every possible outcome, a conditional 
vote is identical to the vote of a specific other voter, and the identity 
of that voter can be ascertained from the text of the vote, then it is 
exactly the same in every respect as a vote which endorses that player. 
Under this interpretation, V.J Rada’s ballot endorsed G.. This is the 
interpretation I personally favour.

However, it is also possible to read V.J Rada’s ballot as a vote for the 
same options G. had selected at that moment (and which V.J Rada included 
by quotation in eir own message casting the ballot). This appears to be 
V.J Rada’s intention, as, when questions were originally raised about the 
validity of eir ballot, V.J Rada submitted a new ballot which was not 
conditional in any way: e voted FOR all of the named proposals, directly.

GIven the ambiguity, I find that V.J Rada’s original ballot, “I vote as G. 
does,” does not meet the requirement set out in rule 683 (“Voting on 
Agoran Decisions”) that

> The ballot clearly identifies a valid vote, as determined by the voting 
method.

Therefore, it is not a conditional ballot of any kind, and did not endorse 
G., even under the equivalence properties described above. I find this CFJ 
to be FALSE.

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