See voting systems to read about other voting and tally methods.

Voting Process

Voters select one candidate or option from a list of available choices.

This system is used for a wide variety of voting situations including:

How the Results are Calculated

Single Vacancy Contest

The candidate, or options, with the highest percentage of votes among the counted ballots, is declared the winner. For votes with 2 or more candidates, winning a majority of the total ballots is not required to win. For example, in a 3-person content, a candidate with only 40% of the total ballots, would still be declared the winner if the other two candidates received 25% and 35% of the total ballots.

Multi-Seat Contest

When running a multi-seat vote the candidate with the highest percentage will win the first seat, the second-highest percentage wins the second seat, and so on, until all seats are filled.

Yes/No Situation

ElectionBuddy can be used for passing a bylaw amendment, approving a slate, and acclaiming a single candidate for an executive position. The choice with the most votes at the end of the votes wins. If you're just doing a referendum with two choices, this will naturally be the choice with the majority (i.e. the choice with greater than 50% of the votes).

For more information see Plurality Voting on Wikipedia

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