How are the votes counted?

The term "Instant Runoff Voting" is sometimes used to describe the counting process. First choices on all ballots are counted. If there are two candidates, the candidate receiving the most 1st choice votes wins. If there are three or more candidates and no one candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest 1st choice votes is eliminated and his/her votes are reassigned to the remaining candidates based on the second choice marked on each ballot. (If your 1st choice candidate isn't eliminated, your vote remains.) The process continues until there are only two candidates remaining, and the winner takes a majority. Here is a simple flowchart to illustrate the process:

RCV Flowchart

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  • published this page in FAQ 2017-02-08 15:15:09 -0500