DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

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Round 1 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 8,086.0  (27.0%)  Elected
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 6,442.0  (21.5%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 3,810.0  (12.7%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 3,694.0  (12.3%)   
Mc Donald, Mary Lou (Sinn Féin) 
 
 2,404.0  (8.0%)   
Morrissey, Tom (Progressive Democrat) 
 
 2,370.0  (7.9%)   
Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 2,300.0  (7.7%)   
Bonnie, Robert (Green) 
 
 748.0  (2.5%)   
Smyth, John Thomas (Christian Solidarity) 
 
 134.0  (0.4%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

In the first round, the first choices on each ballot are tallied.
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) has enough votes to guarantee victory (25%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 2 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 7,497.0  (25.0%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 6,512.2  (21.7%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 3,867.0  (12.9%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 3,739.1  (12.5%)   
Mc Donald, Mary Lou (Sinn Féin) 
 
 2,428.9  (8.1%)   
Morrissey, Tom (Progressive Democrat) 
 
 2,442.8  (8.1%)   
Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 2,609.4  (8.7%)   
Bonnie, Robert (Green) 
 
 756.4  (2.5%)   
Smyth, John Thomas (Christian Solidarity) 
 
 135.1  (0.5%)  Defeated
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (25%), so the last-place candidate (Smyth, John Thomas (Christian Solidarity)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 3 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 7,499.3  (25.0%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 6,533.3  (21.8%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 3,871.1  (12.9%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 3,760.2  (12.5%)   
Mc Donald, Mary Lou (Sinn Féin) 
 
 2,448.0  (8.2%)   
Morrissey, Tom (Progressive Democrat) 
 
 2,455.9  (8.2%)   
Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 2,632.8  (8.8%)   
Bonnie, Robert (Green) 
 
 776.4  (2.6%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 11.0  (0.0%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (25%), so the last-place candidate (Bonnie, Robert (Green)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 4 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 7,513.8  (25.1%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 6,731.1  (22.5%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 4,078.5  (13.6%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 3,829.2  (12.8%)   
Mc Donald, Mary Lou (Sinn Féin) 
 
 2,524.2  (8.4%)  Defeated
Morrissey, Tom (Progressive Democrat) 
 
 2,553.7  (8.5%)   
Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 2,697.5  (9.0%)   
None of these 
 
 60.0  (0.2%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (25%), so the last-place candidate (Mc Donald, Mary Lou (Sinn Féin)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 5 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 7,582.7  (25.7%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 7,855.6  (26.6%)  Elected
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 4,374.0  (14.8%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 3,980.5  (13.5%)   
Morrissey, Tom (Progressive Democrat) 
 
 2,661.7  (9.0%)   
Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 3,054.4  (10.4%)   
None of these 
 
 479.0  (1.6%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

Higgins, Joe (Socialist) has enough votes to guarantee victory (25%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 6 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 7,582.7  (25.7%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 7,377.3  (25.0%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 4,623.8  (15.7%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 4,037.3  (13.7%)   
Morrissey, Tom (Progressive Democrat) 
 
 2,716.6  (9.2%)  Defeated
Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 3,171.3  (10.7%)   
None of these 
 
 479.0  (1.6%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (25%), so the last-place candidate (Morrissey, Tom (Progressive Democrat)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 7 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 7,727.8  (26.3%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 7,473.5  (25.5%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 5,383.4  (18.3%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 4,931.7  (16.8%)   
Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 3,843.6  (13.1%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 628.0  (2.1%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (25%), so the last-place candidate (Doherty Ryan, Deirdre (Fianna Fáil)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 8 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 9,066.6  (31.2%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 7,671.3  (26.4%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 6,593.8  (22.7%)   
Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael) 
 
 5,739.3  (19.7%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 917.0  (3.2%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (25%), so the last-place candidate (Terry, Sheila (Fine Gael)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 9 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 9,845.3  (34.6%)   
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 8,033.5  (28.2%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 10,563.2  (37.1%)  Equalized
None of these 
 
 1,546.0  (5.4%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

At this point, the number of remaining candidates equals the number of remaining seats, so the remaining candidates are declared elected.

Transfers are made from each winner until they all have an equal share of the votes.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 10 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 9,845.3  (34.6%)  Equalized
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 9,116.0  (32.1%)   
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 9,480.7  (33.3%)   
None of these 
 
 1,546.0  (5.4%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

At this point, the number of remaining candidates equals the number of remaining seats, so the remaining candidates are declared elected.

Transfers are made from each winner until they all have an equal share of the votes.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 11 Legend  
Lenihan, Brian (Fianna Fáil) 
 
 9,480.7  (33.3%)  Elected
Higgins, Joe (Socialist) 
 
 9,480.7  (33.3%)  Elected
Burton, Joan (Labour) 
 
 9,480.7  (33.3%)  Elected
None of these 
 
 1,546.0  (5.4%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, or ask a question.

At this point, the number of remaining candidates equals the number of remaining seats, so the remaining candidates are declared elected.
In the end, 94.8% of all cast ballots counted toward a winner. This compares to 61.2% if only the first-round votes were used. You should be able to see that the winners have a more equal mandate in the final round than in the first round.

Note that even the "highest first-round votes" method is more democratic than most methods used in US public elections: the "vote for 3" method, which allows the largest block of voters to dominate, and the district method, where choices are restricted to the one or two viable candidates within geographical boundaries drawn by the politicians in office.

Also, view the Ballot Depth info to see how much lower rankings contributed to the tally.
















 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Dáil - Dublin West 17 May 2002 Multi-member district election for lower house of Irish parliament
3 candidates will be elected with 29,988 ballots cast.

First Round | Last Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Ballot Depth: This shows how much the lower rankings on ballots contributed to the winning candidates.

Rank   Fraction of votes for winners
1st 
 
62.2%   
2nd 
 
18.4%   
3rd 
 
9.7%   
4th 
 
4.7%   
5th 
 
2.5%   
6th 
 
1.2%   
7th 
 
0.7%   
8th 
 
0.4%   
9th 
 
0.2%   
  pies need GD