Using the Borda Method

The basic idea is to give a certain number of points for each 1st place ranking, 2nd place ranking, etc. Although it is not essential to the method, it seems only reasonable that 1st place is worth more points than 2nd place, which is in turn worth more than 3rd place, and so on.

For now we will stick to the points in the standard Borda method. If there are n alternatives to be ranked, a 1st place vote is worth n 1 points, a second place vote is worth n 2 points, and so on all the way to an nth place vote which is worth 0 points.

Let's look at an example.