Sunday, October 18, 2015

Alternative voting

In an alternative vote system, voters rank the candidates in order of preference rather than voting for a single candidate.

Ballots are initially distributed based on each elector's first preference. If a candidate secures more than half of votes cast, that candidate wins. Otherwise, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Ballots assigned to the eliminated candidate are recounted and added to the totals of the remaining candidates based on who is ranked next on each ballot. This process continues until one candidate wins by obtaining more than half the votes.

If that were the system we used in Canada today, based on 2nd choices provided to recent polls, the projected results would be as pictured.

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