ElectionBuddy supports the use of weighted voting.

Weighted voting (also known as multiple votes per ballot) is a way of allowing one person to have more influence on a vote. With weighted ballots, you can assign a higher weighting to a voter (their single "vote" is worth more votes per ballot) or a lower weighting (their single "vote" is worth fewer votes per ballot).

Using Weighted Voting

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

As an example, in a condominium board vote, owners receive one vote for every 1,000 square feet of property they own:

  • John owns 5 units in a building, totalling 18,000 square feet. Therefore, John would be set up with a weighting of 18 votes per vote cast

  • Amanda owns 1 unit for 2,000 square feet. Therefore, Amanda would be set up with a weighting of 2 votes per vote cast

It is worth noting that weighted voting works with preferential voting as long as there is one winner for the position. When there are multiple winners in a preferential vote weighted voting would not work.

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