DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

In the first round, the first choices on each ballot are tallied.
Nolan, Patricia M. 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

Fantini, Alfred B. 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (14.3%), so the lastplace candidate (WriteIn 3) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.
Go to the next round.
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (14.3%), so the lastplace candidate (WriteIn 2) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.
Go to the next round.
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (14.3%), so the lastplace candidate (WriteIn 1) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.
Go to the next round.
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (14.3%), so the lastplace candidate (McGovern, Marc C.) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.
Go to the next round.
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

Walser, Nancy 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (14.3%), so the lastplace candidate (Lummis, Ben) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.
Go to the next round.
DemoChoice Web Poll: Cambridge, MA 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

Walser, Nancy 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

Nolan, Patricia M. 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

Schuster, Luc 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

Harding, Richard, Jr. 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Next Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

Fantini, Alfred B. 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Final Round  Previous Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page

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 firstround 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 firstround 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 2005 School Committee Election 
6 candidates will be elected with 15,470 ballots cast. 
First Round  Last Round  Ballot Depth  How it works  Main Page
