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Elect@CMU| About single transferable voting

What is STV and why are we using it?

In recent student government elections, there have been cases of winning candidates not receiving a clear majority of the votes. With the normal, popular voting style, there's nothing we can do about this. Additionally, people may feel as though voting for a less popular candidate would be "wasting" their vote.

With single transferable voting, candidates are ranked, and your single vote initially goes to your first choice. If no candidate has a clear majority, then the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated. If that candidate is your first choice, your single vote then is transferred to your second choice, and so on. You are still free to write in a candidate for any position on your ballot.

You can put "No Confidence" at any position on your ballot. When your vote is transferred to "No Confidence", then it does not go for any candidate. It must be in the last position on your ballot, because it would no longer be able to transfer to any candidate.

You can rank as many or as few candidates as you like. This means that you can leave slot(s) blank. Leaving slot(s) blank is distinct from a “No Confidence” vote. A "No Confidence" vote means that you believe that none of the remaining candidates are capable of serving in that position.

This way, you can vote for whomever you want without fear that your vote would be "lost", beacuse it would be transferred if your first choice ended up being unpopular. We can also ensure that all winning candidates have had a majority of students placing them on their ballots.

Sample STV Election Ballot

Use the + and - buttons to add and remove candidates from your ranked ballot. Use the and buttons to move around candidates you've already added to your ballot. Click to view a candidate's platform.

Candidates

Ballot