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About This Website
University of Toronto Engineering Society (EngSoc) Elections are run according to the Single Transferable Vote
Unlike other systems where voters may only vote for one candidate, in this type of election, you may
vote for multiple candidates, ranking your chosen candidates in order of preference. For the
Office positions, you may vote for up to the number of candidates running for that office. You do
have to vote for, or rank, every candidate, nor are you required to vote for each
Your first preference vote will receive a value of one. The quota for
election is the smallest number of votes necessary to elect the required number of candidates (i.e.
for the officers and single winner elections, and 4 and 3 for the At Large and Frosh seats
respectively). This is calculated by using the equation (N/(S+1))+1 where N is the number of valid
preference votes and S is the total number of seats needed to be filled in the election. Fractional
votes are dropped.
A candidate is elected if all votes have been transferred and s/he has
at least a quota of votes. If the voter's preference is for a candidate who thus receives more than
quota of votes required for election, the surplus value of his/her vote shall be transferred to
next eligible preference, if applicable. If a voter's preference for a candidate is for a candidate
eliminated or already elected, the current value of the vote will be transferred to the voter's next
Votes are tallied in rounds. The first preferences of all voters are
first. If no candidate achieves the quota in this round, each candidate with the least vote-total is
eliminated and each voter's vote (which was cast for these eliminated candidates) remains at its
value and is transferred to the voter's next preference. If the voter has not listed any additional
preference or was unable to do so, his/her ballot is exhausted/spoiled. This process continues, and
further tabulation rounds are counted, until a candidate reaches quota for a seat.
seats (i.e. a single candidate) and Levies, you have the option of voting Yes, No, and Abstain. Only
"Yes" and "No" votes are counted. "Spoiling" is the equivalent of not voting on the proposition, but
vote is counted towards turnout. Electing Yes for either acclaimed or levy elects the candidate to
position and means that the prescribed funds will be collected for the upcoming school year. For
acclaimed seats if No is elected as the winner then Nominations for that position are re-opened and
election rerun. Voting No on a levy means that money will not be collected from the student body for
upcoming school year.
This website was designed and developed under the aegis of the University of Toronto Engineering
by a team with many contributors, who retain their rights to the underlying intellectual property
license it for free and perpetual use by the Society.
Aleksei Wan, Jonathan Swyers, Robert Fairley, Michael Vu