[EM] How choice of voting systems depend on amount of participants

Richard Fobes ElectionMethods at VoteFair.org
Tue Oct 7 13:42:55 PDT 2014

On 10/6/2014 11:47 PM, Kristofer Munsterhjelm wrote:
> ...
> I seem to recall someone mentioning a US region that used majority
> voting: there were rounds of voting until someone got an outright
> majority, and the rounds kept on for as long as needed. I don't recall
> the details, though.

This is how the "electoral college" works when voting for U.S. 
President, or at least the way it was set up to work.  Under current 
conditions, with each state giving all its electoral votes to either the 
Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate (and never any 
electoral votes to a third-party candidate), in recent decades there has 
always a winner on the first round of voting.  If there were not a 
majority winner, then the contest would be (and has been, three or four 
times) transferred to the U.S. House of Representatives, with each state 
getting one vote (but with no indication as to how that one vote (per 
state) is assigned).

Richard Fobes

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