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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:04 PM
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3. Single Transferable Vote

The Single Transferable Vote (STV) is a form of preferential voting in multi-member constituencies.

Preferential voting means that instead of casting a single vote for a single candidate, a voter can express a list of preferences. Votes are cast by putting a '1' in the column next to the voter's preferred candidate, a '2' beside their second favourite candidate and so on until they no longer wish to express a preference. Voters may vote for candidates within parties and across parties as well as for independents.

Voting in it is quite easy; but the details of how votes are redistributed from elected or eliminated candidates is quite complicated - which is why many systems prefer to do it in a computer.

For an example in practice, from the Northern Ireland Assembly elections:
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  -SCOTLAND GAVE UP HAND COUNTING IN MAY 2007 WillYourVoteBCounted  Dec-18-08 04:45 PM   #0 
  - STV is a nightmare without electronic counting  muriel_volestrangler   Dec-18-08 05:28 PM   #1 
  - what is STV? n/t  diva77   Dec-18-08 06:52 PM   #2 
  - Single Transferable Vote  muriel_volestrangler   Dec-18-08 07:04 PM   #3 
  - Cary NC couldn't count 3,000 IRV ballots accurately  WillYourVoteBCounted   Dec-21-08 11:27 PM   #8 
  - You just can't get over it, can you  kster   Dec-18-08 11:27 PM   #4 
  - Well said Kevin  althecat   Dec-20-08 03:41 AM   #5 
  - for starters, I've more than earned right to be in this forum  WillYourVoteBCounted   Dec-21-08 11:22 PM   #6 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-11-09 02:24 AM   #14 
     - you love you some Tombstone Pizza  WillYourVoteBCounted   Jan-11-09 06:09 PM   #22 
  - better try to keep them where they are, and better learn who the enemies of HCPB are  WillYourVoteBCounted   Dec-21-08 11:24 PM   #7 
  - delete  kster   Dec-21-08 11:56 PM   # 
  - Your kids have the right to hand count the paper ballots before  kster   Dec-21-08 11:56 PM   #10 
  - You appear to be against hand counted paper ballots  ShadyShenanigans   Jan-11-09 02:33 AM   #15 
     - only if you didn't read the post, or...  OnTheOtherHand   Jan-11-09 09:31 AM   #17 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-11-09 11:33 AM   #18 
        - well, I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt....  OnTheOtherHand   Jan-11-09 02:11 PM   #20 
           - I kinda doubt that he's really done.  troubleinwinter   Jan-11-09 04:14 PM   #21 
     - enjoy your cement pizza  WillYourVoteBCounted   Jan-11-09 11:39 AM   #19 
  - KSTER, please let us know when you get HCPB in your home town  WillYourVoteBCounted   Dec-21-08 11:28 PM   #9 
     - Your kids have the right to hand count the paper ballots before  kster   Dec-25-08 03:41 AM   #11 
        - Because internets BS artists would rather spew about it than actually organize n/t  eridani   Dec-27-08 07:02 AM   #12 
        - this thread was very enlightening n/t  Prepostericity   Dec-29-08 06:15 PM   #13 
        - Why don't you tell us all how you have implemented this in your own county? n/t  eridani   Jan-15-09 01:03 AM   #23 
  - .  Wilms   Jan-11-09 02:53 AM   #16 

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