vote and how we count...
is confidential. The computer makes sure that no one votes twice, but
doesn't actually let us know who you voted for. For more technical information
is preferential BUT YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LIST MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE.
You do not have to rank all the candidates. You may, if you like, rank
n-1. Or you can just choose one. A description is below.
(The preferential voting is just like the one Cambridge uses)
- If a
voter has problems voting electronically, he/she should EMAIL UA-ELECT@MIT.EDU. The system works well, but
occasionally some voters have problems voting. If this happens to you
or someone you know, and if you email us, we may be able to find a solution.
- For anyone
who does not wish to vote online, there will be paper voting in lobby
10 the day after online voting closes.
balloting (Lobby Ten):
in Lobby 10 will be open on the day after online voting closes ONLY. The
voting station will be open from 9am until 5pm. A paper copy of each candidates
platform statement and their picture (printouts) will be at the voting
station along with a copy of all Campaign Rules Board decisions.
and Vice President: All undergraduates (even seniors!) are
allowed to cast a ballot for UAP/VP during Spring
Seats: All residents of a particular living group can vote for
that group's seat(s) on the UA Council during Fall
Council: All members of a particular class are allowed to vote for
their class council officers. Seniors don't vote for class council during
Spring elections while only freshmen vote
for class council during Fall elections.
If the voting
website says that you aren't eligible to vote, but you meet the above
requirements, please email us with your name, year, and living group,
and we'll see what can be done.
Voting Works Like This:
pick a first choice. After that, you *may* rank as many others as you
would like, 1 through N-1.
votes are tallied, the computer compiles all the first choice votes. It
then eliminates the candidate with the least number of votes, say Candidate
Goofy. The computer then looks at each of the ballots that had Goofy ranked
first, counts up all the votes for second place, and then adds those to
the first place ranking for those people. This process continues until
one candidate has a majority of the votes. If no candidate gains a simple
majority, the process continues until only two candidates are left.
preferential voting only matters if the person you place first comes out
last in any round - then your vote switches to a vote for your second
place choice, and so on. Any vote for a candidate, no matter what rank,
is still a vote for him or her, and can only help his/her chances of winning.
If you don't want to see a particular candidate in office, you should
not rank him or her.
Gerbil 100 votes
A Dancing Monkey in a Top Hat 95 votes
Minnie Mouse 58 votes
Mickey Mouse 55 votes
Goofy 25 votes (Next ranking : 9 votes Dancing Monkey, 6 votes Bongo,
5 vote Mickey, 2 votes Minnie, 3 votes no preference)
No Preference 10 votes
Dancing Monkey 104 votes
Minnie 60 votes (Next ranking : 25 votes Dancing Monkey, 19 votes Bongo,
16 votes no preference)
Mickey 60 votes (Next ranking : 22 votes Bongo, 19 votes Dancing Monkey,
19 votes no preference)
No Preference 13 votes
Dancing Monkey 148 votes
No Preference 48
A Dancing Monkey in a Top Hat wins the election even though he/she/it
did not have the greatest number of first choice votes.