A Topical Poll: Balloting Maths

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In a P1 registration ballot, which method is fair?

1. Select the winners by picking out their numbers in turn
4
57%
2. Select the losers by picking out their numbers in turn
0
No votes
3. Either 1. or 2. is fair, it makes no difference
2
29%
4. I do not agree that any ballot can be fair
1
14%
 
Total votes : 7

A Topical Poll: Balloting Maths

Postby XXXX » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:16 am

This is just a bit of fun.

I've realised in chatting to other parents over the last few weeks, while the P1 balloting was in progress, that most people would be uncomfortable if the balloting process selected losers rather than the current system where they select winners. They would rather sit through a lengthy ballot selecting 30 winners than a quick ballot that selected the 3 losers, say. Why is this?

I've done my best in carefully wording a robust poll, so please vote and then discuss your views on this.

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Re: A Topical Poll: Balloting Maths

Postby nms1 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:12 pm

It's more dramatic to pick out the winners!

I think it may also be because they will verify the names as they select them.

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Re: A Topical Poll: Balloting Maths

Postby XXXX » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:18 pm

nms1 wrote:It's more dramatic to pick out the winners!

I think it may also be because they will verify the names as they select them.


Yes, it is probably easier for the admin staff to process the winning candidates official registration as the ballot continues. Good point.

It certainly adds to the tension. But imagine if 101 were balloting for 100 places, would it still make sense to continue drawing winners until 1 unlucky ball remains?

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