[EM] Does IRV elect "majority winners?"

James Gilmour jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk
Tue Jan 6 02:58:50 PST 2009

> > --- On Tue, 6/1/09, James Gilmour <jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk> wrote:
> > "If the vote for any one candidate equals or exceeds
> > the votes of all the other candidates combined, that candidate shall 
> > be declared elected."	
> > Here you will see there is no reference to "a
> > quota", nor is there any reference to "a
> > majority" of any kind.

Juho Laatu  > Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:31 AM 
> Good definition. One could use also term
> "majority" in the definition but maybe better not.

Juho, most certainly NOT.  The whole point of that wording in the ERS IRV (Alternative Vote) rules is that it completely avoids the
word "majority" which can be given a variety of different meanings.   As we can see from some of the posts to this lists even today,
there are those who completely reject any idea of the winner having a "majority" in any IRV election.

The ERS wording also makes it clear that the comparison to be made is of the numbers of votes for the candidates at the CURRENT
stage of the count.  This is the correct approach because this is an STV election in which the preferences marked on the ballot
papers are contingency choices.  So if at stage 2 or some later stage, some who voted at stage 1 now opt out and do not indicate any
further preferences, they are, in accordance with their expressed wish, left out of the decision-making process about the remaining


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