[E-voting] Electoral rules

Joe McCarthy joe.mccarthy at arkaon.com
Fri Mar 10 18:37:26 GMT 2006

Hello Margaret,

 From my reading of the 1923 Act I believe that when two or more 
surpluses are transferred the larger one is transferred first regardless 
of the count in which it arose.  This rule is similar in the 1992 Act.

1923 Rule 6(5)(c):  the greatest of such surpluses shall be first 
transferred without regard to the count at which it arose

1992 S 121(9):   the greater or greatest of such surpluses shall first 
be transferred

Generally, if a surplus is too small (according to some tricky but 
explicit rules) it is not transferred when it arises and if two or more 
are to be transferred the larger one is dealt with first regardless of 
when it arose.  If equal surpluses arise the earlier one is transferred 
first.  If both surpluses are equal after the same count then the tie 
breaking rule is used by checking to see which candidate had a larger 
vote count at an earlier count (then lots are drawn to decide if still 

I don't think this changed much between the 1923 Act and the 1992 Act.

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