Preferential Vote Counting - Results in Seconds
How Does Preferential Voting WorkThe Preferential Transferable voting system starts when you mark your ballot. A voter is asked to mark their ballot in order of preference. Normally every person has a preference list for just about everything they do in life, so this is a normal way of doing things. For example if you ask a person to tell you their favourite restaurants in the city they live in. They will rattle off a list for you. So if they have a selection to choice from people automatically formulate a list of their likes in order of 1st preference to last preference and the rest is not on their radar screen. So you present them a simple ballot and ask them to mark their vote on each candidate in order of preference.
So now the voter has completed their task and you have the ballots. If you are counting the ballots by hand, to sort and count the ballots becomes increasingly difficult with the number of ballots and the number of ballot counters and scrutineers involved. Our software removes this complexity by providing a method of orderly controlled ballot data entry. Once the ballots are input into the electronic ballot boxes the task is just the push of a button.
The program on the first count calculates how many 1st place votes are cast for each candidate. The candidate with the lowest number of 1st place votes is dropped and the remaining candidates go onto the next count. This is where the 2nd place preferences from the dropped candidate/s become a valid vote and are cast onto the candidates that have made to the 2nd count. Some candidates will gain votes and again the program calculates who the candidate with the lowest number of votes in this count is. That candidate is dropped and the 2nd and 3rd preferences of the dropped candidates become valid votes. These votes are then distributed to remaining candidates and the process repeats itself until a winning candidate receives 50 percent plus 1 vote.
After you have completed the ballot data entry, our preferential ballot counting software accomplishes counting the votes in seconds.
For multiple vacancy it is that much more complex and very difficult to do manually.
We have 2 methods to choose from for Multiple Vacancy.
OPTION: 0 is used in Multiple Vacancy Full Preferential Balloting
OPTION: 1 is used in Multiple Vacancy Preferential Transferable Averaging
The process is complex, fair and produces results that clearly represent the intent of the public.