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What’s the best voting method?

There is no best voting method. You can always find a specific situation where a given voting method produces the wrong result. However, whereas in general there is no perfect voting method, in practice there are voting methods that can be worse or better for you and your organization. Here are a few suggestions to […]

Condorcet voting

The Condorcet method is the most sophisticated voting method. Here, we will just give an informal description and a few examples. Condorcet method is a pairwise election method where each candidate runs against all the others separately, and one counts the “defeats” X/Y, i.e. the number of times candidates X beats candidates Y versus the […]

Instant Runoff (a.k.a. Preferential voting)

Instant Runoff is an ordinal voting method, which may be a good choice for people familiar with runoff voting, i.e. voting in multiple turns, where weaker candidates are removed and their votes are transferred to the remaining candidates. It is simpler and less robust than Condorcet and more complicated but more robust than the Borda […]

Single Preference Voting (a.k.a. Plurality Voting)

This is the voting method everybody is familiar with: the voter just selects the option he/she likes the most. The final result is computed according to the number of votes received for each candidate and the results are displayed in terms of percentages. The single preference voting method is clear, simple and easy to grasp: […]

Approval voting

Approval Voting is the simplest multiple preference voting method. The voter just lists the options he/she likes in any order. At the end, the number of preferences for each candidate is counted and displayed in terms of percentages. Approval method is easy to explain and to grasp, but restricts the voter expressiveness in the sense […]