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Preferential Voting

also known as "Instant Runoff Voting"

Voting Process

Voters rank the candidates in order of preference, with "1" being the highest (most preferred) ranking. For example, if there are 3 candidates, the voter choose 1 beside their first choice, 2 beside their second choice and 3 beside their third choice.

To be considered a valid ballot, the submitted ballot must satisfy the following conditions:

Sample ballots
Preferential ballots
How the results are calculated

The first preference on each ballot counts as a vote for that particular candidate, and the votes are tallied. If no candidate receives a majority (greater than 50% of the total valid ballots), the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated and the ballots for that candidate are redistributed to each ballot’s second preference. The process continues until a majority is reached by one of the candidates. See the Flow Chart below.

Preferential Balloting Flow Chart

Note: there are many variants of winner selection that can also be done with this method, including Single Transferable Vote (STV). Electionbuddy provides voting details while keeping voters anonymous so that you can select your own winner.

For further details, please visit Instant Runoff Voting on Wikipedia