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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:04 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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