Ballot marking rules

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 19:42:38 CDT

> The "one X per candidate" method of marking

I've been calling this "single selection"

> Semi-proportional methods:

I think what you list is what I've called "multi-selection or 'M of
N'." I.e. "Put an X by no more than M of the N names"

> The numerical (ranking) method of marking allows for...

This we refer to as "ranked preference"

> There's a third method of marking, the multiple Xs per candidate
> method, that allows for this scoring method:

I'm not familiar with this. What are the rules exactly?

Does a voter get a certain number of total "X"s to distribute as they
want? Is there a (smaller) limit to the number of votes per candidate?
Is there any relation between the number of available Xs/votes and the
number of candidates?

It doesn't so much matter for the ballot itself, but is this method
used to select one winner, or for a multi-person body (such as city
councils, say with the largest M "X" getters being seated)?

In part I'd like to understand this ballot marking style so that I can
figure out the information content of it for my election-entropy tool.
But in general, I'd just like to know about it.
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