DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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Round 1 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,684.0  (16.4%)  Elected
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,606.0  (15.9%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,190.0  (13.4%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,071.0  (12.6%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,043.0  (12.5%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 1,990.0  (12.1%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,781.0  (10.9%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 967.0  (5.9%)   
Write-In 1 
 
 48.0  (0.3%)   
Write-In 2 
 
 2.0  (0.0%)   
Write-In 6 
 
 2.0  (0.0%)   
Write-In 4 
 
 1.0  (0.0%)   
Write-In 5 
 
 1.0  (0.0%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

In the first round, the first choices on each ballot are tallied.
Turkel, Alice has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 2 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,606.0  (15.9%)  Elected
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,224.8  (13.6%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,088.7  (12.7%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,178.3  (13.3%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,114.2  (12.9%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,802.3  (11.0%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 976.7  (6.0%)   
Write-In 1 
 
 48.1  (0.3%)   
Write-In 2 
 
 2.0  (0.0%)   
Write-In 6 
 
 2.0  (0.0%)   
Write-In 4 
 
 1.0  (0.0%)   
Write-In 5 
 
 1.0  (0.0%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Segat, Susana has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 3 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,259.4  (13.8%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,105.9  (12.9%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,278.0  (13.9%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,196.6  (13.4%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,823.8  (11.1%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 986.0  (6.0%)   
Write-In 1 
 
 48.4  (0.3%)   
Write-In 2 
 
 2.1  (0.0%)   
Write-In 6 
 
 2.1  (0.0%)   
Write-In 4 
 
 1.0  (0.0%)   
Write-In 5 
 
 1.0  (0.0%)  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 (14.3%), so the last-place candidate (Write-In 5) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 4 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,259.4  (13.8%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,105.9  (12.9%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,278.0  (13.9%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,196.6  (13.4%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,823.8  (11.1%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 986.0  (6.0%)   
Write-In 1 
 
 48.4  (0.3%)   
Write-In 2 
 
 3.1  (0.0%)   
Write-In 6 
 
 2.1  (0.0%)   
Write-In 4 
 
 1.0  (0.0%)  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 (14.3%), so the last-place candidate (Write-In 4) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 5 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,259.4  (13.8%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,105.9  (12.9%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,278.0  (13.9%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,196.6  (13.4%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,823.8  (11.1%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 986.0  (6.0%)   
Write-In 1 
 
 48.4  (0.3%)   
Write-In 2 
 
 3.1  (0.0%)   
Write-In 6 
 
 2.1  (0.0%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 1.0  (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 (14.3%), so the last-place candidate (Write-In 6) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 6 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,259.4  (13.8%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,105.9  (12.9%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,278.2  (13.9%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,196.6  (13.4%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,824.8  (11.1%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 987.0  (6.0%)   
Write-In 1 
 
 48.4  (0.3%)   
Write-In 2 
 
 3.1  (0.0%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 1.0  (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 (14.3%), so the last-place candidate (Write-In 2) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 7 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,340.9  (14.3%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,341.0  (14.3%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,259.4  (13.8%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,105.9  (12.9%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,278.2  (13.9%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,196.6  (13.4%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,824.8  (11.1%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 987.0  (6.0%)   
Write-In 1 
 
 48.4  (0.3%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 4.0  (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 (14.3%), so the last-place candidate (Write-In 1) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 8 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,342.0  (14.3%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,342.2  (14.3%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,260.4  (13.8%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,115.9  (12.9%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,282.2  (13.9%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,199.6  (13.4%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,829.8  (11.2%)   
Stead, Charles 
 
 991.0  (6.1%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 23.0  (0.1%)   
  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 (14.3%), so the last-place candidate (Stead, Charles) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 9 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,362.3  (14.5%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,356.6  (14.5%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,383.6  (14.7%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,210.9  (13.6%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,508.8  (15.4%)  Elected
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,454.2  (15.1%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 1,975.7  (12.2%)   
None of these 
 
 134.0  (0.8%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Simmons, Denise has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 10 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,362.3  (14.5%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,356.6  (14.5%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,383.6  (14.7%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,305.6  (14.2%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,321.7  (14.3%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,454.2  (15.1%)  Elected
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 2,068.1  (12.7%)   
None of these 
 
 134.0  (0.8%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Harris, Robin has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 11 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,362.3  (14.5%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,356.6  (14.5%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,383.6  (14.7%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,366.2  (14.6%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,321.7  (14.3%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,321.7  (14.3%)   
Fantini, Alfred B. 
 
 2,140.0  (13.2%)  Defeated
None of these 
 
 134.0  (0.8%)   
  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 (14.3%), so the last-place candidate (Fantini, Alfred B.) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.














 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 12 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,495.9  (15.6%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,498.1  (15.6%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,955.6  (18.5%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 3,066.2  (19.2%)  Elected
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,496.4  (15.6%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,463.9  (15.4%)   
None of these 
 
 410.0  (2.6%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Grassi, Joseph has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 13 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,554.6  (16.0%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,594.9  (16.2%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,955.6  (18.5%)  Elected
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,644.2  (16.6%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,564.1  (16.0%)   
None of these 
 
 410.0  (2.6%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Maher, David P. has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 14 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,614.9  (16.4%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,712.4  (17.0%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,717.7  (17.0%)  Elected
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,605.7  (16.3%)   
None of these 
 
 410.0  (2.6%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Simmons, Denise has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 15 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,645.0  (16.6%)   
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,712.4  (17.0%)  Elected
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,630.7  (16.5%)   
None of these 
 
 410.0  (2.6%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Segat, Susana has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 16 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,683.4  (16.8%)  Elected
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)   
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,641.9  (16.5%)   
None of these 
 
 410.0  (2.6%)   
  pies need GD2 extension

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

Turkel, Alice has enough votes to guarantee victory (14.3%) 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 ballots cast.

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


Round 17 Legend  
Turkel, Alice 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)  Elected
Segat, Susana 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)  Elected
Maher, David P. 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)  Elected
Grassi, Joseph 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)  Elected
Simmons, Denise 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)  Elected
Harris, Robin 
 
 2,662.7  (16.7%)  Elected
None of these 
 
 410.0  (2.6%)   
  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, 97.5% of all cast ballots counted toward a winner. This compares to 82.9% 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 6" 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: Cambridge, MA 1997 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 16,386 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 
 
81.8%   
2nd 
 
12.3%   
3rd 
 
3.9%   
4th 
 
1.1%   
5th 
 
0.5%   
8th 
 
0.1%   
  pies need GD