Re: SPL election
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 13:48:35 -0600
Larry Jones wrote:
> I know we had discussion on elections a few weeks back. My question is:
> Say you have a Troop election with 16 youths present to vote. Say that you
> have 4 candidates for SPL. How many votes does it take to win. Highest
> vote count, or over 50% of the votes or what?
> Please respond to: email@example.com
The method my old fraternity used was to vote in several rounds.
After each round, eliminate the one (or more) who got the lowest
vote total. Continue until there is only one left. The criticism
of this method is that you might eliminate everyone's "second choice"
early, even though he might win if one or more of the others were
Another method is to have each person "rank" the candidates in order
of preference. Then assign "points" according to the rank on each
ballot (one for first, two for second, etc.). The winner is the one
with the lowest point total. This has the advantage of being faster,
but you have to make sure all names are listed on all ballots.
I am having my troop's first "real" elections next week. When we
started in February, there was only one candidate for each job. I
would welcome other suggestions.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City