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i have to admit i was a little surprized to see that it was ranked choice. that's a good move.

is it decided using Single-Transferable Vote (STV) which is often called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) when there is a single winner?

or is it Condorcet?

i surely hope not Borda count. that's the worst way to do a ranked-choice election.

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  • $\begingroup$ okay, i have to read things a little. i know a bit about voting methods but never heard about the particular "Meek STV". took a quick look at it and still haven't groked it. $\endgroup$ – robert bristow-johnson Mar 14 '16 at 20:21
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It's not an instant runoff. Those tend to work best when there is just one open position. You can read more about the system we use in How are moderator election votes counted, in plain English? But I will warn you, I didn't fully understand myself until I worked through the process using data from an acutal election.

In the current election with 4 candidate vying for 3 moderator slots, the method is very likely to eliminate whoever shows up on the fewest ballots. That matches our common sense about how elections should work, I believe.

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  • $\begingroup$ it's funny, i have participated in a lot of electoral activities, (i happen to be an Inspector of Election in Ward 7 of Burlington VT and got to shake Bernie's and Jane's hands right after they cast their primary votes) and i participate in this Election Methods mailing list. we talk about STV and other methods a lot. both single-winner and multi-winner. we have never, in my recollection, discussed Meek STV. how was that method chosen? $\endgroup$ – robert bristow-johnson Mar 15 '16 at 0:41
  • $\begingroup$ BTW, any STV is a form of Instant Runoff. every time V's are T'ed, it's a runoff and it happens as instantly as computer can execute the code. $\endgroup$ – robert bristow-johnson Mar 15 '16 at 0:43
  • $\begingroup$ and like all other STV's (except STV-BTR where "BTR" means "bottom-two runoff"), this method is opaque to one's second choice when it comes to elimination of "whoever shows up on the fewest ballots". you mean "whoever is ranked highest on the fewest ballots". doesn't matter that everyone likes this person 2nd, if such a candidate does not get enough first-choice votes, that candidate will be eliminated and all of the second-choice votes cast for that candidate will count for naught. this is why most election scholars hate STV or IRV and prefer Condorcet. $\endgroup$ – robert bristow-johnson Mar 15 '16 at 0:49

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