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Voting has begun! 

Some words from the Legion on the election process:

There are just under 5 days for you to cast your vote.

The first time you access your ballot, you will be asked to setup a new pin for this year.   Keep track of that pin if you want the ability to change your vote!

Make your vote count.  Rank ALL candidates for an office. This is important as we use Single Transferable Vote (STV)! Read below for more information!!!

Over 1000 troopers threw away their vote for LCO each of the past two years by not following the point above.

Voting Starts:   Wednesday Feb 14th @ 12:01AM GMT

Voting Ends:   Sunday Feb 18th @ 11:59PM GMT :dancing-trooper:

 

STV Info: 

STV, known as "Single Transferable Vote" is an automated voting system where you rank your candidates in order of preference. Our specific implementation of STV is also known as "Instant Runoff Vote" or IRV.

To "win" an election - a candidate needs to win a round of voting by a majority vote  
To calculate a majority winner vote, the voting system goes through a series of tallies.  

It will start with a first round, see whether or not a majority percentage was met.

In the event that there is not, it removes the lowest ranked candidate, and redistributes all the impacted votes based on the next priority selection those voter put in.  

It recalculates again to see if a majority percentage was met.

In the event that the voters did not enter alternate selections, then their vote is discarded!

 

For example, our current LCO election has 4 candidates.

 

If, after the vote, the first round tally comes out like this--there is clearly no majority vote here:

 

Candidate A, 28%

Candidate B, 27%

Candidate C, 23%

Candidate D, 22%.

 

At this point, what happens is that the system will remove the bottom candidate, and take it down to 3 and recalculate.

 

After recalculation it may look like this, which is still not a majority vote.  

Candidate A, 38%

Candidate B, 37%

Candidate C, 25%

 

That cycle repeats, and the last candidate is removed, and the votes re-ranked/recalculated by preferences:

Candidate A 62%

Candidate B 38%

 

At this point Candidate A has a majority vote, and is is declared the winner.

This is all done by computers in a matter of seconds, lightning fast.  

The system has been tested by the developers multiple times, and works quite well.  

Its intended to prevent a "spoiler effect" where a low ranking candidate takes votes from a candidate with a larger support base.

 

The key to it is ranking all candidates.

Put the ones you dislike at the bottom of your rankings, which then makes sure they are eliminated as the system tallies the votes through elimination rounds.

 

The past two years many people have not ranked all candidates. By opting to do so, many have effectively had their vote thrown out mid way through the election process. The reason that we collect all of the data up front is to avoid needing to ask people to return to the submit updated ballots - stretching the voting process out by (potentially) weeks.

 

To provide some specific data:

 

In 2016:

4527 members voted for the LCO.

30% of them had their votes discarded by the 4th round.

As a result, only 3147 troopers selected our LCO.

That means that 1380 members went to the polls - but did not have their voices heard in 2016.

 

In 2017:

4730 members voted for the LCO.

22% of them had their votes discarded by the 3rd round.

As a result, only 3681 troopers selected our LCO.

1049 members did not have their voices heard in 2017 because they decided to not rank all of the candidates.

 

In both cases, these troopers could have made a difference. Be heard!  Make your vote count!

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I wish I had a little "I voted" sticker that I can wear all day like we do on election day in the US. Lol

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Just now, henselmonster said:

I wish I had a little "I voted" sticker that I can wear all day like we do on election day in the US. Lol

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I feel a merchandise run coming up :P

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Justus, come immigrate over so I can give you a dose of FREEDOM! 'Merica!!! I voted too! 

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29 minutes ago, Airborne Trooper said:

Justus, come immigrate over so I can give you a dose of FREEDOM! 'Merica!!! I voted too! 

I don't think my family would like it if we immigrated..but i'd love to come over and visit you guys in the future and have some cold ones!

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5 hours ago, Airborne Trooper said:

Justus, come immigrate over so I can give you a dose of FREEDOM! 'Merica!!! I voted too! 

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On 15-2-2018 at 6:55 PM, henselmonster said:

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Whahahaaaa xD LOL!!

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