[Election-Methods] KPFK LSB election
jlundell at pobox.com
Sun Dec 30 11:22:10 PST 2007
KPFK (the LA member of the Pacifica radio network) recently held its
election for its Listener Station Board. They used STV to elect 9
board members and 5 alternates. 2246 ballots were counted by hand,
using a spreadsheet as a tally aid.
There were 27 rounds. Curiously, a write-in candidate was elected in
the first round, and the next seat wasn't filled until the 20th round.
It was a hotly contested election, but (un?)fortunately I don't know
much about KPFK politics.
I've been unable to find a copy of the counting rules, but it appears
to have been a BC-style count. There are fractional votes even in the
first round, for reasons I don't understand. The spreadsheet used for
the tally looks pretty clever, but even so the hand count took several
The five alternates are the last five candidates eliminated, in
reverse order of elimination. There are at least a couple of reasons
why such a method of choosing alternates is bogus, but the main
election looks reasonably well done, considering the constraints of
I've posted the tally sheet (I don't know whether it's official; I got
it informally from one of the candidates), temporarily, for anyone who
might be interested:
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