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  •  I apparently am misunderstanding it. (0+ / 0-)

    In a multi-member district with ranked-choice voting, i would expect the following.

    - voters don't get a total of first-choice votes equal to the number of positions.  They get one. In the count, the first choice is initially the only one counted.
    - each candidate is required to receive a percentage of the vote, plus 1. In a 4-member district,  25%, in a 5-member district, 20%.
    - votes in excess of the minimum for winning, go to the next choice.  The allocation is partial; all second choices for that candidate are counted, but the votes are the fraction that the excess votes are of all votes for that first candidate.
    - the process is iterative, until there are winners for all seats.

    The point of this approach is to ensure that people are not throwing their vote away with a landslide for one candidate, while disliked candidates with minimal votes get in.  It also ensures that a sizable minority isn't consistently left out.

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    by tle on Wed May 28, 2014 at 08:29:15 PM PDT

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    •  Ranked Choice is not like that (0+ / 0-)

      It's a terminology thing that you're missing. Ranked Choice is a specific voting method. You're thinking Instant Runoff Voting.

      Ranked Choice is a Condorcet voting algorithm which compares all potential two-way races at once, using the voters' entire ballot ranking.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Fri May 30, 2014 at 10:25:49 AM PDT

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