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Ballot/Voting Procedure for getting to a Majority when multiple candidates are involved?

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What is the next step in the voting procedure when you have 3 candidates nominated for a role and you can get to a majority on the first vote (i.e. 20 voting members vote as follows: Candidate 1 = 8 votes, Candidate 2 = 7 votes, Candidate 3 = 5 votes)?

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13 minutes ago, Guest Rob said:

What is the next step in the voting procedure when you have 3 candidates nominated for a role and you can get to a majority on the first vote (i.e. 20 voting members vote as follows: Candidate 1 = 8 votes, Candidate 2 = 7 votes, Candidate 3 = 5 votes)?

Keep voting until one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.

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On 10/12/2017 at 3:02 PM, Daniel H. Honemann said:

Keep voting until one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.

Why did the authors of RONR choose this method?

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10 minutes ago, mjhmjh said:

Why did the authors of RONR choose this method?

Perhaps someone from the authorship team will elaborate, but it is my understanding that the rule that a majority vote is required to elect someone to office comes from the common parliamentary law and predates even General Robert's first book on rules of order in 1876.  Other commonly used parliamentary authorities, such as the AIP Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (previously known as "Sturgis") and Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure require it.   It's not just an RONR rule.

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Just now, Richard Brown said:

Perhaps someone from the authorship team will elaborate, but it is my understanding that the rule that a majority vote is required to elect someone to office comes from the common parliamentary law and predates even General Robert's first book on rules of order in 1876.  Other commonly used parliamentary authorities, such as the AIP Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (previously known as "Sturgis") and Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure require it.   It's not just an RONR rule.

I meant why does RONR simply require another round of voting, rather than removing the candidate receiving the fewest votes?

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One reason could be that the "fewest votes" person is actually most voters' second choice  --  after the voters realize, after a few rounds of voting, that their favored candidates (#1) can't beat the other favored candidate (#2), they say "Lets compromise" and vote for "Number 3",  So don't eliminate him.

 

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43 minutes ago, mjhmjh said:

I meant why does RONR simply require another round of voting, rather than removing the candidate receiving the fewest votes?

Because RONR is about civilized deliberation. Elections are not gladiatorial contests.

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1. While there are certainly disadvantages, a Bylaw specifying plurality voting could simplify the election process. I am a Board member of such an organization

2. Other Bylaw options might be explored, such as "instant runoff" voting and eliminating some candidates for subsequent votes

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On 10/13/2017 at 10:35 PM, Guest Who's Coming to Dinner said:

Because RONR is about civilized deliberation. Elections are not gladiatorial contests.

Hey.  Nice.

(I appreciate when someone speaks up for civil, civilized civilization.  We don't see it often.)

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