[EM] (Fwd) STV and truncation

Kevin Hornbuckle kevinh at efn.org
Wed Apr 3 01:13:57 PST 1996

> Rob L wrote:
> [snip]
> >do you see my point?  The 10 votes could get a long way from home
> >unless we stay true to many voters' intention *not* to have their
> >vote transferred. 
> Yes, I see your point but I'm not sure if it's more important than
> allowing votes to be wasted.
> Question: Does STV permit a voter to rank two candidates equally?  If 
> so, how do the votes transfer?  (The reason I ask is because unranked 
> candidates are essentially ranked *equally* last.  Do they share a 
> fraction of the ballot if it's "transferred" to the unranked?  I 
> assume they don't.)

In fractional STV no votes are transferred to the unranked candidates.
And yes, voters can rank candidates duplicatively. If I rank two 
candidates #1, each gets .50 of my vote. If one is eliminated, the vote 
value to the other increases to 1.

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