The Borda Voting Method

Don Saari argues that the only fair way for a group of people to select one candidate from N candidates through a to use a method proposed by Borda. Voters rank their candidates in an ordered list, and then the candidates are awarded points based on their rankings in each of the voters lists. For example, in an election whith three candidates, a candidate may get 3 points for being ranked first, 2 points for being ranked second, and 1 point for boing ranked third. If there is uniform spacing between point rewards and if voters choose a ranking for all candidates, omitting no candidate, then the system can be argued to present a result which accurately reflects the will of the voters.

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