Approval Voting


 
 
W
A
D
A
A
D
D
D
D
X
A
A
D
D
A
D
A
A
Y
D
D
A
D
D
A
A
A
Z
D
D
A
D
A
A
D
A
In this example X wins with 5 votes, Y and Z tie with 4 votes, and W is last with only 3 votes.

Like all voting methods, approval voting has deficiencies but it has a number of good features. It is simpler than Borda or elimination, although not as simple as plurality. However, unlike plurality it doesn't rely on only first place votes. It works well when voters can easily divide the candidates into "good" and "bad" categories.

Let's look at another useful feature of approval voting.

 

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