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From "Jean T. Anderson" <...@bristowhill.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] on ground rules for determining Derby logo
Date Mon, 07 Mar 2005 20:21:44 GMT
Excellent point. I think #2 would be simplest:

> 2) a run-off among the top vote-getters (possibly the top three)


Jeffrey Lichtman wrote:
>> The simple majority of votes will determine the winner.
> Do you mean a simple majority or a plurality? With the number of 
> entries, it's not likely that there will be a simple majority (i.e. an 
> entry whose votes account for more than 50% of those cast). There are 
> several ways to deal with this:
>    1) the winner is the one with a plurality of votes (i.e. the most 
> votes, although not necessarily a majority)
>    2) a run-off among the top vote-getters (possibly the top three)
>    3) instant run-off, where each voter lists up to three (or possibly 
> more) selections in order of precedence. Everyone's first choice is 
> counted. If the top vote-getter has more than 50% of the vote, that's 
> the winner. Otherwise, figure out which candidate has the least votes, 
> eliminate that one from the competition, and count the votes again using 
> the next choice for anyone who preferred the candidate that was 
> eliminated. Keep doing this until there is a clear winner.
>    4) approval voting, where each voter is allowed to vote for as many 
> candidates as he or she wants. The idea is to vote for all the 
> candidates one approves of. The winner is the one that gets the most 
> votes - there are no run-off elections in this voting system.
> I really think it's important to figure this out - otherwise, we could 
> run into disagreements about which logo really won, or we could get a 
> winner with three votes that the great majority of the voters didn't 
> vote for.
>                        -        Jeff Lichtman
>                                 swazoo@rcn.com
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