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RReagan4EVER
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« on: August 18, 2004, 07:54:27 am »
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  This is my first election comming up, I was just wondering how the Elections work?
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2004, 08:02:07 am »
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Fritz, correct me if I'm wrong-

We use a system called Preferential Voting. Each voter ranks the candidates 1,2,3, in order of prefernce. When the polls close, the first-prefernce votes are tabulated. Let's say John gets 5 first place votes, Harry gets 4, and Jim gets 3. The lowest score is eliminated. So Jim would be out. All the people who voted for Jim put Harry as their second preference, so Harry would get 3 votes added to his score. Harry would win, 7-5.

It eliminates spoilers and saves the trouble of having a run-off.  
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2004, 08:09:09 am »
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 OK, thanks
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2004, 08:21:37 am »
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OK, thanks


No problem.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2004, 08:33:07 am »
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Well, sort of.

With preferential voting, you need a majority of the votes to win.  Also, you are not required to rank all of your preferences as a voter, if you want to you can just put down your first choice.

In Akno's example, John did not get a majority of the votes (5 of 12) when counting first preferences.  Jim is eliminated.  We then count the second preferences of the voters who voted for Jim.

Lets suppose that of those three voters, one put John as their second preference, and two put Harry.  We add those votes to the first preference votes for those candidates.  This brings us to a tie: John 6, Harry 6.

What to do?  Well, in a tie, the candidate with the most first preference votes- in this example, John- wins.

Round 1- John 5, Harry 4, Jim 3.
Round 2- John 6, Harry 6.
Tie breaker- John wins.

Now, lets suppose that Jims voters second preferences were the other way around: two for John, and one for Harry. John still wins:

Round 1- John 5, Harry 4, Jim 3.
Round 2- John 7, Harry 5.
John wins.

The only way Harry could win, in this example, is if all three of the voters who put Jim as their first preference, voted for Harry as their second preference.

Make sense?  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2004, 08:59:49 am »
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The only way Harry could win, in this example, is if all three of the voters who put Jim as their first preference, voted for Harry as their second preference.


In my example all of Jim's voters did put Harry second. Your example is still better though.
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2004, 09:00:39 am »
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ya, Thanks.
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