"The candidate I most want to represent me on the council is Audrey Hepburn. But if she gets more votes than
she needs to be elected, then part of my vote is to be transferred to my second choice, Marilyn Monroe. Or if
Audrey has so little support that she can't possibly be elected, transfer my vote to Marilyn..."
Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe have both received enough votes to
meet the quota and are therefore elected. To elect a third candidate, surpluses from Brando and Monroe's votes
are distributed to their voters' second preferences.
If a third candidate is not found, the lowest polling
candidate (Elvis Presley) is excluded and his votes are transferred to his voters' second preferences.
Any votes redistributed to candidates already elected are surplus and further distribution occurs. Some of
Elvis Presley's voters did not give second preferences, those votes become non-transferable. The quota is
If a third candidate is still not found, the next lowest
polling candidate (Audrey Hepburn) is excluded and her votes are redistributed. Any votes redistributed to
candidates already elected are surplus and further distribution occurs.
Some of Audrey Hepburn's voters did not give second preferences, those votes become non-transferable.
The process repeats untill all vacancies are filled.
In this example, we were looking for three successful candidates. Marlon Brando, John Lennon and Marilyn
Monroe have all now met/exceeded the quota so the election is over.