DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 1    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,387.0  (15.4%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :GGGG
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,281.0  (14.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :BB
Write-In 1  2,004.0  (13.0%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ____ :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  1,990.0  (12.9%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC ____ :
Lummis, Ben  1,981.0  (12.8%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ____ :
Walser, Nancy  1,843.0  (11.9%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH _______ :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,514.0  (9.8%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE _____________ :
Nolan, Patricia M.  1,413.0  (9.1%) 
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF ________________ :
Write-In 2  54.0  (0.3%) 
J __________________________________________ :
Write-In 3  2.0  (0.0%) 
___________________________________________ :
Write-In 4  1.0  (0.0%) 
___________________________________________ :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Schuster, Luc Elected
D F H I

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

In the first round, the first choices on each ballot are tallied.
Schuster, Luc has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 2    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,210.0  (14.3%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,281.0  (14.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :B
Write-In 1  2,041.5  (13.2%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ___ :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,000.1  (12.9%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC ____ :
Lummis, Ben  1,991.9  (12.9%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ____ :
Walser, Nancy  1,907.6  (12.3%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ______ :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,535.8  (9.9%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE _____________ :
Nolan, Patricia M.  1,445.0  (9.3%) 
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF _______________ :
Write-In 2  54.3  (0.4%) 
J __________________________________________ :
Write-In 3  2.0  (0.0%) 
___________________________________________ :
Write-In 4  1.0  (0.0%) 
___________________________________________ :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Grassi, Joseph G. Elected
C D F

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

Grassi, Joseph G. has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 3    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,210.0  (14.3%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,210.0  (14.3%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :
Write-In 1  2,047.0  (13.2%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ___ :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,045.1  (13.2%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC ___ :
Lummis, Ben  1,998.6  (12.9%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ____ :
Walser, Nancy  1,910.3  (12.3%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ______ :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,539.9  (10.0%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE _____________ :
Nolan, Patricia M.  1,451.7  (9.4%) 
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF _______________ :
Write-In 2  54.4  (0.4%) 
J __________________________________________ :
Write-In 3  2.0  (0.0%) 
___________________________________________ :
Write-In 4  1.0  (0.0%) 
___________________________________________ :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Write-In 4 Defeated

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Write-In 4) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

New colors:
O
None of these

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 4    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,210.0  (14.3%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,210.0  (14.3%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :
Write-In 1  2,047.0  (13.2%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ___ :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,045.1  (13.2%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC ___ :
Lummis, Ben  1,998.6  (12.9%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ____ :
Walser, Nancy  1,910.3  (12.3%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ______ :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,539.9  (10.0%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE _____________ :
Nolan, Patricia M.  1,451.7  (9.4%) 
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF _______________ :
Write-In 2  54.4  (0.4%) 
J __________________________________________ :
Write-In 3  2.0  (0.0%) 
___________________________________________ :
None of these  1.0   
___________________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Write-In 3 Defeated

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Write-In 3) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 5    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,210.0  (14.3%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,210.0  (14.3%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :
Write-In 1  2,047.0  (13.2%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ____ :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,046.1  (13.2%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC ____ :
Lummis, Ben  1,998.6  (12.9%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ____ :
Walser, Nancy  1,910.3  (12.3%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH _____ :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,539.9  (10.0%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE _____________ :
Nolan, Patricia M.  1,451.7  (9.4%) 
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF ______________ :
Write-In 2  55.4  (0.4%) 
J __________________________________________ :
None of these  1.0   
___________________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Write-In 2 Defeated
O

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Write-In 2) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 6    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,213.2  (14.3%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,210.2  (14.3%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :
Write-In 1  2,053.0  (13.3%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ___ :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,046.1  (13.3%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC ___ :
Lummis, Ben  2,004.7  (13.0%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ____ :
Walser, Nancy  1,911.3  (12.4%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ______ :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,539.9  (10.0%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE _____________ :
Nolan, Patricia M.  1,453.7  (9.4%) 
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF _______________ :
None of these  38.0   
O __________________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Nolan, Patricia M. Defeated
B CC DDDDD EEEEE G HHHHH IIIIIII OOO

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Nolan, Patricia M.) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 7    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,254.0  (14.8%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,246.3  (14.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :
Write-In 1  2,418.1  (15.8%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :IIII
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,146.7  (14.1%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC _ :
Lummis, Ben  2,221.7  (14.6%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :
Walser, Nancy  2,159.7  (14.1%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH _ :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,819.5  (11.9%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ________ :
None of these  204.0   
OOOO _______________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Write-In 1 Elected
C EE HH

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

Write-In 1 has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 8    
------------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,254.0  (14.8%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,246.3  (14.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :B
Write-In 1  2,180.9  (14.3%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,210.2  (14.5%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :
Lummis, Ben  2,221.7  (14.6%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :D
Walser, Nancy  2,221.7  (14.6%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
McGovern, Marc C.  1,931.2  (12.7%) 
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ______ :
None of these  204.0   
OOOO _______________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
McGovern, Marc C. Defeated
BBB C DDDD GGGGGGGG HHHH IIIIIIIIIIII OOOO

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (McGovern, Marc C.) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 9    
----------------------------------------- 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,658.0  (17.7%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :GGGGGGGGGG
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,382.6  (15.8%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :BBBBB
Write-In 1  2,826.8  (18.8%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :IIIIIIIIIIIIII
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,280.2  (15.2%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCC
Lummis, Ben  2,435.7  (16.2%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :DDDDDD
Walser, Nancy  2,451.7  (16.3%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHHHHH
None of these  435.0   
OOOOOOOOO ________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Write-In 1 Elected
BB C DD HH

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

Write-In 1 has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 10    
------------------------------------------ 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,658.0  (17.7%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :GGGGGGGGGG
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,439.6  (16.2%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :BBBBB
Write-In 1  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :IIIIIII
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,327.2  (15.5%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCC
Lummis, Ben  2,536.7  (16.9%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :DDDDDDD
Walser, Nancy  2,567.7  (17.1%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHHHHHHH
None of these  435.0   
OOOOOOOO __________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Schuster, Luc Elected
B CC

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

Schuster, Luc has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 11    
------------------------------------------ 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :GGGGGGG
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,508.9  (16.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :BBBBBBB
Write-In 1  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :IIIIII
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,410.1  (16.0%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCCC
Lummis, Ben  2,536.7  (16.9%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :DDDDDDD
Walser, Nancy  2,567.7  (17.1%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHHHHHHH
None of these  435.0   
OOOOOOOO __________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Walser, Nancy Elected
CC

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

Walser, Nancy has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 12    
------------------------------------------ 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :GGGGGGG
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,508.9  (16.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :BBBBBBB
Write-In 1  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :IIIIIII
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,472.0  (16.4%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCCCCC
Lummis, Ben  2,536.7  (16.9%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :DDDDDDD
Walser, Nancy  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHHHHH
None of these  435.0   
OOOOOOOO __________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Lummis, Ben Elected
C

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

Lummis, Ben has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

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Round 13    
------------------------------------------ 14.3%
Schuster, Luc  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :GGGGGGG
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,508.9  (16.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :BBBBBBB
Write-In 1  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :IIIIIII
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,502.8  (16.6%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCCCCC
Lummis, Ben  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :DDDDDDD
Walser, Nancy  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHHHHH
None of these  435.0   
OOOOOOOOO _________________________________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Grassi, Joseph G. Elected
C

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (14.3% of counted votes).

Grassi, Joseph G. has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 14    
------------------------------------------------- 16.7%
Schuster, Luc  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :
Grassi, Joseph G.  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB :
Write-In 1  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :
Harding, Richard, Jr.  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :
Lummis, Ben  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :
Walser, Nancy  2,505.8  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
None of these  435.0   
OOOOOOOOO ________________________________________
   
Results  
Grassi, Joseph G.Elected 
Harding, Richard, Jr.Elected 
Lummis, BenElected 
Schuster, LucElected 
Walser, NancyElected 
Write-In 1Elected 

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

At this point, the number of remaining candidates equals the number of remaining seats, so the remaining candidates are declared elected.
In the end, 97.2% of all cast ballots counted toward a winner. This compares to 80.7% 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.

The Ballot Depth section shows how much lower rankings contributed to the tally.
















 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Final 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 80.8% 
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
2nd 11.5% 
XXXXXXXX
3rd 5.1% 
XXXX
4th 1.4% 
X
5th 0.6% 
X
6th 0.3% 
7th 0.3%