First Past the Post

Voters can select 1 or more options. First Past the Post, also known as Plurality Voting, will allow you to elect 1 out of 5 candidates or elect 3 directors from 7 candidates. Candidates who receive more votes will win and enough candidates will be elected to fill the seats available. You can also choose yes or no to a bylaw amendment.

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Cumulative Voting

Let voters distribute a set number of votes for a given position being voted on. The voter may assign those votes to the candidates however they’d like, and do so via a drop-down menu. A vote-counting algorithm is used to count the number of votes assigned to each candidate.

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Preferential Ballot

Allow voters to rank the candidates in order of preference, with “1” being the highest (most preferred) ranking. The first preference on each ballot counts as a vote for that particular candidate, and the votes are tallied, with least preferred candidates eliminated and their votes transfered to their ballots' second most preferred option.

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Single Transferable Vote (STV)

Run a preferential voting for a position with multiple vacancies using STV. The basic preferential vote has one vacancy (a single seat); when multiple vacancies exist, STV is used to tally the votes. With multiple vacancies, during the tally, surplus votes are "transferred" based on the ranking assigned to the candidates at the time of voting.

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Scored Voting

ElectionBuddy's Scored Voting feature also includes Rating Scale, Likert Scale and Dot voting. Voters assign a score to each candidate or option in a list based on their preference for that candidate/option. Unlike a Preferential (ranked) ballot, however, the scores that are assigned do not have to be unique among the items on the ballot.

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Referendum

Voters select one of the listed options and a simple counting algorithm will select the winning answer based on the highest percentage of votes. ElectionBuddy's referendum voting method is suitable for any "Yes"/"No" question that you want to propose to your membership, so it works perfectly for a bylaw amendment for example.

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Approval Voting

Each voter may approve of as many of the candidates/options as they wish. Each voter may vote for any combination of candidates and may give each candidate at most one vote.

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Nomination

Capture nominations from your voting population. Instead of voters choosing between pre-listed candidates, they are given spaces for writing in nominations. All recorded nominations appear in the results and you can merge nominations for the same candidate that were submitted with different spellings.

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