Calculating the Winner — Voting and Tally Methods

ElectionBuddy tries to cater to as many voting-type requirements as possible! Election systems supported include:

  • Plurality Voting (or First Past the Post Voting) — the multi-purpose voting method. Vote for one or more candidates for each position, or vote on "Yes/No" questions.
  • Preferential Voting (or Instant Runoff) — Rank each candidate for each position.
    • We also offer Single Transferable Vote (STV), which is a multi-seat preferential voting system.
  • Approval Voting — Approve or disapprove each candidate/option for a position.
    • Please note that approval voting is not for ratifying a single candidate. Plurality is the correct choice for anything that requires a "Yes/No" answer. 
  • Election Announcements and Candidate Nomination — Announce an election and allow voters to suggest candidates.
  • Cumulative Voting — Voters are allowed a number of votes, up to the number of vacancies for that position, and can choose to put more than one vote for each option.
  • Scored Voting — Give each option or candidate a score on a given scale.  
If you are looking for a voting method that we currently do not offer, please contact us to discuss the possibility of implementing your requested voting method.

For more information on these election types, visit our tour page.

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