Preferential Voting

Save time while making every vote count

Vero Voting can manage your Preferential Voting requirements using the IRV method.

Our preferential voting system allows you to run your election and online voting for a single candidate with any number of nominated candidates. We assist in working out the list of preferences ahead of the election. The list can be used as polls and votes can be monitored in real time via an online management dashboard, which breaks down each round of preference until a winner is declared.

Preferential Voting Process

Voters rank the candidates in order of preference voting. Placing a number one against a candidate is considered the first preference or primary vote. For example, if there are 3 candidates listed, the voter chooses 1 beside their first choice, 2 beside their second choice and 3 beside their third choice.

This process of elimination based on preferences continues until a candidate secures an absolute majority.

To be considered a valid ballot, the submitted ballot must satisfy the following conditions:

At least one candidate must be ranked for each position. In case abstention is allowed and the voter has abstained from voting for a position, the ballot may still count as valid for any other positions in the election.
No two candidates can have the same ranking, or the ballot is invalid (for that particular position only).

Any candidate can be given any ranking, as it is the relative ranking that is counted.

How Preferential Voting Results are Calculated

preferential voting desktop

preferential voting mobile

*If no candidate receives a majority (greater than 50% of the total valid ballots), the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated and the ballots for that candidate are redistributed to each ballot’s second preference.

Where can preferential voting be used?

Preferential voting can be used in any candidate voting scenario. But in most cases, first past the post or cumulative voting is utilised. In some organisations such as sporting clubs, schools, tertiary education institutions, universities and government, it is governed by a constitution that has chosen a particular method of voting for their ballots and elections. If the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) method of voting doesn’t quite apply to the election, Vero can customise the voting method to suit the organisation’s requirement.

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