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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 06:28 PM
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1. STV is a nightmare without electronic counting
And that was for their local council elections - though since the Scottish Parliament was being voted on at the same time, they did electronic counting for that too. If it's any consolation, the recommendation was that electronic counting only be used when the STV local council elections are involved.

And, on a technical note, it wasn't 'instant runoff' - the voting districts were to elect multiple councillors (typically 3 or 4), not just one. Instant runoff voting is STV, but with only 1 winner - so that only the losers needs their votes redistributed. Instant runoff is therefore much easier to count by hand, since it doesn't involve fractional votes. Full STV involves fractions of a winning candidates' votes getting redistributed, and that's why you need a computer, or incredibly patient and accurate counters and mathematicians.
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