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How are preferential votes counted?

What? Learning about how preferential votes are counted.
Why? This will help us understand how to calculate the votes for our own year 6 election.
How? I will be able to post a quality comment stating what I found out about the preferential voting system.


Click on the following link to work through steps 1 & 2 in the interactive to learn about how the preferential voting system works. Step 3 will be a useful tool after we hold the election.

Be sure to read all of the instructions as you go and you will also need some headphones too. 

Voting Tool – Interactive about preferential voting

What did you find out?

What questions do you still have?

10 thoughts on “How are preferential votes counted?

  1. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    Today Noah and I found out about Preferential Voting. We found out that the number 1 on the voting list if the most preferred. The least preferred party will be out and the votes will go to the other parties. Our questions are is there any other type of complicated voting methods.
    From Mark and Noah

  2. Dear Miss Scarrott,

    Jorja and I found out that preferential voting is more difficult than it looks but as we learn about it, it was more easy to understand for us. The fact that the person with the less votes gets their votes distributed to the person who has 2 in their ballot.
    Our question is when the votes are all distributed and no other candidate is left and no one received 50% of the votes, what happens then?

    From Jorja and Angela

  3. Dear Miss Scarrott
    We found out that formal voting is important for voting. If the party gets 50% or more, they win automatically. The lowest numbered team is out and the other teams get the points of the eliminated party. We also found out that the ballet boxes have to be numbered depending on how much boxes there are. If you don’t, your vote does not count. Our question is do you get charged if someone is seeing your ballet page.
    From Bruke and GaeSoe

  4. Dear Miss Scarrott
    1. Today we found out that a formal vote is when you have written a number in each box on your ballot paper. We also found out that an informal vote is when you tick the boxes or you don’t write anything on the ballot paper.
    2. Our question is when the election is over how long until the new Prime minster starts putting his policies in place.
    By Gracie and Emma

  5. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    Today we found out that a preferential vote is when you use numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5,) to fill out a ballot paper. We also learnt that an informal/donkey vote is when, you either put ticks instead of numbers or put the numbers 1, 2, 3 in order on the paper. Things we still have questions about is…
    1. Why do we use a preferential vote instead of a normal tick vote?
    2. What made the government change the voting system?
    From Jess, and Day Day.

  6. Dear Miss Scarrott
    Today we found out about the voting system. Found out that the voting system has many rules to voting such as preference voting. In preference voting the system works by the most votes dose not win, they eliminate the lowest amount of votes and put it on the second last amount of votes. A great percentage of votes go to the second last person and they win by a land slide.

    From Hser Eh Moo, Say Meh, Jemma

  7. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    Today we learnt how to count preferential votes. We count up all the valid votes first, then we count up all the number 1 votes and put them into their candidates’ piles. The one with least votes gets eliminated. Then we count the number 2 preferences from the votes of the eliminated candidate. Then we add the votes together and the one with the highest total of votes wins.
    We would like to know why this is important to know because we are not the counters of the real life election.
    Hopefully the #owl party will win! 
    From Samantha and Tanika.

  8. Dear Miss Scarrott

    We found out that preferential voting is if you vote for one person and he only get 2% the rest are higher. Than it will go to the other person that you put in second.

    What happen when you get caught for not voting?

    From Htaw Nay and Simon

  9. Dear Miss Scarrott

    What did you find out?
    That if someone wins the first round of votes but if they don’t have 50% of the votes you demolish the person with the least amount of votes, if you voted for that Person your vote will go to whoever you put in the next number down until there is a winner!
    What questions do you still have? Why do they have to take your votes away and give them to the other candidates?
    From will and Sam

  10. Dear Miss Scarrott
    Today we learnt a little bit about the voting process and if you vote for someone and they don’t want to be a part of the election then they join another group to win. We had to write the correct numbers if the apple was 7 we had to write in the next step for apple 7 and that’s why we recorded it in our books.

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