# [EM] Fw: borda count

Mike mrouse1 at mrouse.com
Sat Nov 6 10:55:49 PST 2004

```Here's a similar question: Does it matter if we use a Borda count of
3-2-1-0 (Highest score wins) or 0-1-2-3 (lowest score wins)? I thought I
read somewhere they weren't necessarily symmetric, but I can't think of
any counterexamples so I might be mistaken. I *do* think the lowest
score wins version makes it easier to compare elections with varying
numbers of candidates if you are going to use the Borda count anyway.

Mike
mrouse1 at mrouse.com

Steve Eppley wrote:

>Hi,
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>>Probably this has been discussed on the list before.
>>unfortunately i cant find the answer:
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>>If Borda count in, let's say, 4-candidate election,
>>uses sequence 4-3-2-1 or 3-2-1-0, does it make
>>any difference?
>>
>>
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>No, the result will be the same.  All the candidate totals
>will differ by the same amount, the number of voters,
>since each candidate will receive one more point from
>each voter when using 4-3-2-1 than when using 3-2-1-0.
>
>--Steve
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