2020-2021 Senate Vice Chair voting methods and results

August 27, 2020


(Senate Meeting May 8, 2020)

As per Faculty Senate Resolution, FSD: 18-16 – Adoption of Ranked Choice Voting for Senate Elections:

Whereas: Voting paradoxes are kept to their theoretical minimum by the method of ranked choice voting, also known as the Borda method, in which all senators rank all candidates in order of preference, with the rank orders from all ballots being added together to determine the winner (the candidate with the smallest total score),

Borda Count Method:

(1) Senators rank the entire list of nominees for Vice Chair-Elect candidates from first choice to last choice.

(2) For each ballot, the highest rank candidate is given 1 point, the second highest 2 points, and so on until the lowest ranked candidate is given a number of points equal to the number of candidates.

(3) The total number of points for each candidate is summed across all ballots. This number of points is called the Borda count.

(4) The candidate with the lowest Borda count wins.

Here are the detailed election results:

Based on the list of attendees at the May 8th Senate meeting obtained from the Secretary, there were 42 senators (qualified to vote) attended that meeting. Two senators were absent.

Ballots were only sent to these 42 senators. We received 38 ballots. Implementing FSD-18-16 (Adoption of Ranked Choice Voting for Senate Elections), here are the results:

# Candidates Rank 1   Rank 2   Rank 3   Total Ballots
1 LaVada Taylor 26.32% 10 28.95% 11 44.74% 17 38
2 Kim Scipes 42.11% 16 39.47% 15 18.42% 7 38
3 Dan Wilbur 31.58% 12 31.58% 12 36.84% 14 38
    Lowest score wins        
  LaVada Taylor 83            
  Kim Scipes   67 winner            
  Dan Wilbur 78