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1.2. Range Voting Example

To accurately demostrate the concepts of Range Voting in action, it is necessary to use a fictional election where 7 candidates are standing (Candidates A to G). If three eligible voters were to choose their level of perference as explained in Section 1.1, “Concepts of Range Voting” a data table such as Table 1.1, “Simple Example Ballot” can be formed to display the data and demonstrate how a winner would be defined.
Table 1.1. Simple Example Ballot
Candidate A Candidate B Candidate C Candidate D Candidate E Candidate F Candidate G
Totals 14 12 15 7 13 6 8
Voter A 0 3 4 4 6 0 4
Voter B 7 2 7 2 3 5 0
Voter C 7 7 6 1 4 1 4

In this example, Candidate C would be declared the winner with a total vote of 15 as opposed to Candidate A's 14 votes.
Zero votes have not altered the result due to the summing method been used and can be intrepreted as the voter having no preference or abstaining.