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February 19, 2009


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There are essentially two ballot options that may be considered in an election process – single ballot or multiple ballots. 

Single Ballot

With a single ballot election there can be either a single ballot cast, with the person receiving the most votes winning the election (applicable in a plurality or first past the post system) or preference voting (used in a majority system). While are considered a single ballot system, a preference ballot voting system is somewhat more complex as each ballot requires the voter to list the names of the candidates in order of preference. 

Multiple Ballots

A multiple ballot situation would only be required in a majority system. The leader would be elected based on votes cast up to the point of one clear winner with 50 per cent plus one of the votes. In this type of system there may be many rounds of voting, thus a multiple ballot system can be costly to administer as multiple votes and vote counting is required.

Discussion: 

Given these options, what is your ballot option preference?


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