DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 1

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  8.0  (57.1%)  Elected
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  3.0  (21.4%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.0  (14.3%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  1.0  (7.1%)   
Pie chart

In the first round, the first choices on each ballot are tallied.
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 2

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  3.0  (21.4%)  Elected
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.0  (14.3%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  5.7  (40.9%)   
Mark Patrosso, Hospital Construction Manager (Republican)   Chart color  0.9  (6.7%)   
Pie chart

John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 3

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  5.7  (40.9%)  Elected
Mark Patrosso, Hospital Construction Manager (Republican)   Chart color  0.9  (6.7%)   
Anna Caballero, Mayor of Salinas (Democratic)   Chart color  0.3  (2.4%)   
Pie chart

Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















   

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 4

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Mark Patrosso, Hospital Construction Manager (Republican)   Chart color  0.9  (6.7%)   
Lawrence Hileman, Senior Software Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  0.7  (4.8%)   
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  1.4  (9.7%)   
Anna Caballero, Mayor of Salinas (Democratic)   Chart color  0.3  (2.4%)  Defeated
Ignacio Velazquez, Business Owner (Republican)   Chart color  1.4  (9.7%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Anna Caballero, Mayor of Salinas (Democratic)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 5

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.7  (19.0%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Mark Patrosso, Hospital Construction Manager (Republican)   Chart color  0.9  (6.7%)   
Lawrence Hileman, Senior Software Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  0.7  (4.8%)  Defeated
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  1.4  (9.7%)   
Ignacio Velazquez, Business Owner (Republican)   Chart color  1.4  (9.7%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Lawrence Hileman, Senior Software Engineer (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 6

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.7  (19.0%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Mark Patrosso, Hospital Construction Manager (Republican)   Chart color  0.9  (6.7%)  Defeated
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  1.4  (9.7%)   
Ignacio Velazquez, Business Owner (Republican)   Chart color  2.0  (14.5%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Mark Patrosso, Hospital Construction Manager (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 7

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.7  (19.0%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  2.3  (16.4%)   
Ignacio Velazquez, Business Owner (Republican)   Chart color  2.0  (14.5%)  Defeated
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Ignacio Velazquez, Business Owner (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 8

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.7  (19.0%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  4.3  (31.0%)  Elected
Pie chart

Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 9

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  3.9  (27.6%)  Elected
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.7  (19.0%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)   
Pie chart

Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 10

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.7  (19.0%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.3  (16.7%)   
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  3.4  (24.3%)  Elected
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)   
Pie chart

Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 11

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)   
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.7  (19.2%)   
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.9  (20.8%)  Elected
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)   
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)   
Pie chart

Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Round 12

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Lionel Silva, Information Technology Manager (Libertarian)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)  Elected
John Laird, State Assemblymember (Democratic)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)  Elected
Jim Beall, Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Democratic)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)  Elected
Ken Nishimura, Electrical Engineer (Republican)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)  Elected
Colin Morrison, Councilmember/Business Manager (Republican)   Chart color  2.8  (20.0%)  Elected
Pie chart

At this point, the number of remaining candidates equals the number of remaining seats, so the remaining candidates are declared elected.

In the end, 100% of all cast ballots counted toward a winner. This compares to 100% if only the first-round votes were used. You should be able to see that the winners have a more equal mandate in the final round than in the first round.

Note that even the "highest first-round votes" method is more democratic than most methods used in US public elections: the "vote for 5" method, which allows the largest block of voters to dominate, and the district method, where choices are restricted to the one or two viable candidates within geographical boundaries drawn by the politicians in office.

Also, view the Ballot Depth info to see how much lower rankings contributed to the tally.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from San Jose/Monterey (District 3)

5 candidates will be elected with 14 ballots cast.


Ballot Depth

This shows how much the lower rankings on ballots contributed to the winning candidates.

Rank Fraction of votes for winners
1st    56.3% 
2nd    19.3% 
3rd    9.7% 
4th    2.5% 
5th    7.9% 
6th    3.3% 
8th    0.8% 
Pie chart