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Voting matters - for the technical issues of STV

Issue 2, September 1994


Voting matters is concerned with the implementation of the Single Transferable Vote. However, STV is merely one method of analysing ballot papers in which preferential voting is used. In consequence, other methods of analysis could provide some insight into STV. In this issue, one particular problem of STV in highlighted, namely that of the elimination of a popular candidate with few first-preference votes. David Hill and Simon Gazeley provide algorithms to 'overcome' this problem and discuss the consequences. Due to the impossibility of satisfying apparently simple requirements, Douglas Woodall has shown that overcoming the above problem is bound to introduce other anomalies.

Brian Wichmann.

Papers with citations

  1. S Gazeley: STV with successive selection - An alternative to excluding the lowest
  2. I D Hill: Sequential STV [4, 3],+ [11, 5-6], [12, 9-13], [15, 13-16].
  3. B A Wichmann: Two STV Elections [3, 6], [7, 2-4].
  4. B A Wichmann: An STV Database [5, 6-10]. [5, 6-8].
  5. R J C Fennell: Is a feedback method of calculating the quota really necessary? [3, 6], [3, 6-8]. [18, 2-5, PDF].

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