Re: Numbers of ranked preference votes

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 15:24:37 CDT

>> Looking at the numbers, it is extremely likely that with a moderate
>> number of candidates and slots, no two voters at a precinct will vote
>> the same way. In fact, it is possible for no two voters at a state
>> level to vote the same way (e.g. 7 ranks among 16 candidates allows
>> 63M different votes).
> two canvassing steps: (1) tabulating the vote lists to create counts
> of people who vote the same way, and (2) doing the "run off" algorithm
> based on the tabulations.
> (1) can be done incrementally, but (2) can only be done at the end.

True. But it's quite possible the incremental step doesn't do much:
You will often wind up with a precinct reporting exactly one vote for
each preference-order. It's a tabulation, but kinda a trivial one.

Actually, in practice, you're right that a few combinations (like only
zero or one candidate ranked) will occur more often. But the number of
like-vote tallies moved up from a precinct won't be a whole lot less
than the number of raw votes. Which isn't to say not to do it, just
that it doesn't save all that much space.
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