Weighted voting (also known as multiple votes per ballot) allows you to assign weightings to your members. The votes of members with higher weightings will be worth more than the votes of members with lower weightings, so they will have more influence over an election's results.

Using Weighted Voting

Weighted voting can be used for a variety of applications; weights can be assigned based on:

  • number or proportion of company shares held

  • proportional representation of groups of people

  • number of homes owned as part of a homeowners association

  • percentage of square feet of property owned as part of a condominium board or strata:

    • many condominium board's bylaws state that the number of votes someone receives is set by how many square feet of property they own

For example, in a condominium board election, owners receive one vote for every 1,000 sf of property they own:

  • John owns 5 units in a building, totaling 18,000 sf

    • John would be set up with a weighting of 18 votes per vote cast

  • Amanda owns 1 unit for 2,000 sf

    • Amanda would be set up with a weighting of 2 votes per vote cast

Setting Up Weighted Voting

To set up weighted voting:

  • go to the Voters page

  • select Weighted Voting; Ballot IDs will be automatically selected:

  • go to Voter Information

  • upload your voter list

  • enter a Ballot ID for each voter; learn more at Voter Options: Ballot IDs

  • enter each voter's weighting

  • each voter must receive a weighting:

    • weightings can be a decimal (with up to two decimal points/up to the hundredth place), or a whole integer number

    • if weightings extend past the hundredth place, 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, multiply this by 10 to get 12.35; if your weighting is 1.2356, multiply this by 100 to get 123.56, etc.

    • 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:

Viewing Your Results

When your view your results, ElectionBuddy:

  • shows you the total number of votes cast for each candidate/option

  • tallies the results using the total number of votes cast for each candidate/option

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