Cumulative Voting

Also known as Split Voting, Dot Voting, or Multi-voting

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Written by WayneW
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Cumulative voting is a voting system that gives minority shareholders more power to influence the outcome of an election and elect their preferred candidate. Cumulative voting is typically used by organizations voting for business directors or board positions.

Voters are assigned a set number of votes to distribute for a given position being voted upon. The voter may assign those votes to the candidates however they like and can do so by clicking the + and - buttons.

If a Voter has three votes to assign, and five candidates to choose from, they could give all three to one candidate, or give one vote to three candidates, or something in between. The administrator decides whether the voters must assign all votes, or whether they may assign fewer votes (up to the total number of votes allowed):

How Results Are Calculated

A vote-counting algorithm is used to count the number of votes assigned to each candidate. The candidate with the most votes assigned to them is considered the winner.

When running a multi-seat vote (IE Multiple vacancies are available for a single position), the candidate with the highest percentage of votes assigned to them will win the first seat. The second-highest percentage wins the second seat, and so on until all seats are filled.

For information on setup please see Cumulative Voting Setup.

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