Sunday, 27 March 2011

DB Voting

A new voting system.

I have had an idea chaps and chappesses.
It's a brand new voting system.
Much like Jenkins before me, it is a modified version of a previous system, in this case FPTP.
It's called FPTP + or DB Voting.

This is how it works, due to all the data being collected, it is going to be down in one round.


Each voter writes a number on as many of their ballot papers as they want to, only using the same number once and numbering consecutively.

The Count

Every ballot with a 'one' on is put into piles depending on what candidate's name is on the ballot.
If a candidate gets more than half the number of ballots, they win, if not the candidate with the least votes is eliminated. Any one that used their first vote on the eliminated candidate, gets another vote and if they have written a number two on any of the other ballots, that is added to any non-eliminated candidate.

If at this stage a candidate has more than half of all ballots used excluding the eliminated candidate's votes, they win. If not we continue the process. We eliminate the candidate with the next lowest amount of votes and their voters get to use their next vote..and so on and so forth.

The votes that the eliminated candidate receive before being eliminated are kept with the candidate so they can see how many votes they got.

Now obviously, this seems like a bit of a messed up system doesn't it..some people having more votes than others. Some people getting to use more of their ballots than others.

Say your candidate came second due to other voters sixth or seventh vote while your second vote has been completely ignored. Doesn't seem 'fairer' does it.

This is AV.

AV without the spin of 'rounds'.

If AV was buying a round of drinks, they would go and get themselves a drink, bring it back to the table, pick up everyone else's drink and put the same drink back down again and say "There you go, a whole new round for everyone"

It's a clever bit of spin, like when people compare the number of hung parliaments in the UK and Australia..while leaving out that Australia is a two party state, meaning their chances of a hung parliament would be the equivalent of flipping a coin and having it land on the edge, not heads or tails.

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