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From: Joel (joel_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-06 06:21:10

christopher diggins wrote:
>> Alright, we might need a little more time. Kalin (the one who
>> volunteered on doing the tally), sent me a tally. However,
>> IRV poses a special challenge because of the number of entries
>> involved. It would be nearly impossible to get a "majority vote".
>> Hence, we would have to do more tallies, iteratively until either
>> the winner has a "majority vote" or we reach the 5th iteration
> With all due respect you clearly are misunderstanding how IRV works. The
> iterations may most definitely continue after five iterations, and that
> is clearly to be expected when there are numerous choices. I would
> suggest rereading the algorithm description at
> .
> Specifically the section: "How does it work? Voters rank candidates in
> order of choice: 1, 2, 3 and so on. It takes a majority to win. If
> anyone receives a majority of the first choice votes, that candidate is
> elected. If not, the last place candidate is defeated, just as in a
> runoff election, and all ballots are counted again, but this time each
> ballot cast for the defeated candidate counts for the next choice
> candidate listed on the ballot. The process of eliminating the last
> place candidate and recounting the ballots continues until one candidate
> receives a majority of the vote. With modern voting equipment, all of
> the counting and recounting takes place rapidly and automatically."

Yeah, I clearly misunderstood the IRV system. Thanks for the


Joel de Guzman

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