Weighted Voting — Assigning Multiple Votes Per Ballot
Multiple votes per ballot (also known as 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).
Setting Up Weighted Voting
- After you have proceeded to the "Voters" stage of your election setup, selected "Weighted Voting" from the list of "Voter Options" at the top of the page.
- Scroll down to the "Voter Information" section, and choose "Copy and paste or type a voter list". Enter the weighting for each voter. Each voter must receive a weighting.
Your voters' weights can be a decimal (with up to two decimal points/up to the hundredth place), or a whole integer number. If your voters have weightings that extend past the hundredth place, you can multiply the weighting by the correct factor of 10 to turn the weighting into a supported value. For example, if your weighting is 1.235, you can multiply this by 10 to get 12.35; if your weighting is 1.2356, you can multiply this by 100 to get 123.56, and so on.
At the end of your election, divide the results by the multiplication factor that you used to adjust the weights to get the actual results!
- Alternatively, instead of typing your weights out in ElectionBuddy, you can copy and paste this information from an Excel spreadsheet, or you can upload a CSV.
- If you have a voter list from a previous election, you can use it as well. The previous elections' voter list doesn't necessarily have to have weights for your voters; you can add those after.
- When viewing your results, ElectionBuddy will show you the total number of votes cast for each candidate/option, and tallies the results using the total number of votes cast.
Uses for Weighted Voting
While weighted voting can be used for a variety of applications, it is prominently seen in elections done by homeowners associations and condominium boards. Many condominium bylaws state that the number of votes someone receives is set by how much square feet they own.
- For example, in a condominium board election, John owns 5 units in a building, totalling 18,000 sq. ft., and Amanda only owns 1 unit for 2000 sq. ft .
- If an owner receives one vote for every 1000 sq. ft. of property they own, you would set John up with a weighting of 18 votes per vote cast, and Amanda would have a weighting of 2 votes per vote cast.
It can also be used for things like shares within a company. Or, if voting at a meeting, and the voters at the meeting are representatives of groups of people within your organization, you may assign weights based on the proportional representation of those representatives.