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# Voting matters - Issue 10, March 1999

## An example of ordering elected candidates

#### C H E Warren

Colin Rosenstiel has proposed that elected candidates can
be ordered by successive elimination. In an unpublished note of the same
date (May 1998), Eric Syddique has proposed essentially the same method.
However, in Newland & Britton, the method proposed is
to take the order of election. The purpose of this paper is to show that
these two methods can produce very different results.
Consider the following election of 4 candidates from 7 contenders by 600
voters, for which the voting profile is:

50 AC
70 AD
115 BED
100 CD
115 D
65 ED
50 FCD
35 GBED

Since the quota is 120, we obtain the following result sheet from the
ascription of the Newland & Britton principles, avoiding the rounding
errors which the practical application of their method as given by them
introduces.

Hence the order of election is A, B, C and then
D.

With the Rosenstiel/Syddique method of successive elimination, with E,
F and G eliminated the votes are:

120 A
150 B
150 C
180 D

B, C and D are selected and A is placed fourth and eliminated henceforth.
The votes are then:
150 B
200 C
250 D

C, D are selected, and B is placed third and eliminated henceforth. The
votes are then:
200 C
400 D

C is now placed second and D first. To summarise, the order is D, C, B and
then A.
Hence the two methods produce ordering which is exactly the opposite of each
other.

### References

- C Rosenstiel. Producing a Party List using STV.
*Voting
matters*, Issue 9, pp7-8, May 1998.
- R A Newland and F S Britton. How to conduct an election
by the Single Transferable Vote. ERS 3rd Edition. 1997.

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