Using Weighted Voting to Allow Your Voters to Assign Multiple Votes Per Ballot
Multiple votes per ballot (aka Weighted Voting) is a way of allowing one person to have more influence on an election. With weighted ballots, you can ensure that, for certain voters, their vote has more impact (their single "vote" is worth more votes per ballot) than other voters who have a lower weighting (their single "vote" is worth fewer votes per ballot). You will be presented with an option to add "Weighted Voting" to your ballot when you reach the "Voters" stage of setup, and, with "Weighted Voting" selected, in the "Weight" column of your voter list, you can add the weighting for each of your voter, to a maximum of 2 decimal points.
How to Use "Weighted Voting" in ElectionBuddy:
- In Step 1: Election Details, select type as "Election" or "Announcement".
- In Step 4: Voter List, in Voters options select "Weighted Ballots".
- Enter the weight for each ballot; the weight can be a decimal (with up to 2 decimal points), or integer number. The Ballot Identifier is our unique way of attributing a number of assigned votes to a certain person if that person does not have any contact information. For example, if you are using manual keys, then you need to know which voting key is whose, as they will be weighted differently. The Ballot Identifier could be an apartment number or member number, or anything that will help you identify how many votes a voting key is worth.
- The email notification, postal notices and the printed notification to voters will contain the number of votes per ballot
ElectionBuddy will automatically total your weighted votes so you can compare to your actual list.
- It helps if you have a unique ballot identifier for each voter, such as a membership ID or an email address (no duplicates in the ballot identifier are allowed)
- Ensure you have the number of votes assigned to each voter.
While weighted voting can be used for a variety of applications, it is prominently seen in elections done by homeowners associations and condominium boards – where multiple votes can be assigned to a ballot.
For example, in a Condominium Board Election, John owns 5 units in a building totaling 18,000 sq. ft. and Amanda only owns 1 unit for 2000 sq. ft . The way votes are completed for this board, elections are such that John would receive 18 votes and Amanda would receive 2 votes, on their respective ballots. Many condominium bylaws state that the number of votes someone receives is set by how much square feet they own.