Voting ProceduresWho can vote and how we count...
For Online Voting (http://vote.mit.edu/):
UA President and Vice President: All undergraduates (even seniors!) are allowed to cast a ballot for UAP/VP during Spring elections.
UA Council Seats: All residents of a particular living group can vote for that group's seat(s) on the UA Council during Fall elections.
Class 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.
You must pick a first choice. After that, you *may* rank as many others as you would like, 1 through N-1.
When the 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.
Therefore, 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
Notice that 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.
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