Dropping Last Choices

DEMOREP1 at aol.com DEMOREP1 at aol.com
Sun Jul 5 20:03:17 PDT 1998

Another circular tiebreaker for executive and judicial elections drops the
last choice on the ballot of each voter.

Backing up- a simple YES (Approval) example, a *1* means YES
              A    B    C    D    E    F
V1          1          1    1    1     1
V2                1          1    1     1
V3          1    1    1    1
V4                      1    1    1     1
V5                1    1          1
V6          1    1                1
V7          1    1           1          1

              4    5     4    5    5    4

Assume that all 6 choices are in a circular tie using number votes.  

V= Voter
              A    B    C    D    E   F
V1          3          1    2   4    5
V5               2     3    4    1

A tiebreaker would be to drop each voter's last numbered choice from the YES
table to see if (a) each choice still has a YES majority and (b) there was
still a tie.  Repeat if necessary. 

On the first round only the ballots of the voters who voted YES for each
candidate would be affected.

If the ballot has a truncated vote for the possible last numbered choice (such
as for V5 above, no rankings for the last 2 possible choices on his/her
ballot), then there is no effect on the YES table.

In number vote pairings a truncated vote would be a last choice vote.

The V5 ballot would be
E > B > C > D > (blank) > (A=F)

The voters would have to be careful to number vote their YES votes before
ranking (or truncating/ nonranking) their remaining choices.

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