DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 1    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   16.0  (61.5%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   8.0  (30.8%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :JJJJJJJJJJJJJ
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)   2.0  (7.7%) 
GGGGGGG ________ :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Matthew Rick (Green) Elected
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC DDD EEE FFF IIIIIIIII

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

In the first round, the first choices on each ballot are tallied.
Matthew Rick (Green) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

New colors:
K
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)
 
K
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)
 
K
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)
 
K
Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic)
 
K
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 2    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   4.3  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   8.0  (30.8%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :JJJJJJJJJJJJJ
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)   2.0  (7.7%) 
GGGGGG _________ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   6.3  (24.2%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCCCCC
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   0.9  (3.5%) 
DDD ____________ :
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)   0.9  (3.5%) 
EEE ____________ :
Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic)   0.9  (3.5%) 
FFF ____________ :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   2.7  (10.4%) 
IIIIIIIII ______ :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian) Elected
BB DDDDDDD F II

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

New colors:
K
Jeff Denham, Agribusinessman/Farmer/Senator (Republican)

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 3    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   4.3  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHH _ :
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   4.3  (16.7%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)   2.0  (7.7%) 
GGGGGGG ________ :
Jeff Denham, Agribusinessman/Farmer/Senator (Republican)   0.5  (2.0%) 
BB _____________ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   6.3  (24.2%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCCCCC
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   3.0  (11.5%) 
DDDDDDDDDD _____ :
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)   0.9  (3.5%) 
EEE ____________ :
Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic)   1.4  (5.5%) 
FFFFF __________ :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   3.2  (12.4%) 
IIIIIIIIIII ____ :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic) Elected
EEE IIIII

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 4    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   4.3  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   4.3  (16.7%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)   2.0  (7.7%) 
GGGGGGG ________ :
Jeff Denham, Agribusinessman/Farmer/Senator (Republican)   0.5  (2.0%) 
BB _____________ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   4.3  (16.7%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   3.0  (11.5%) 
DDDDDDDDDDD ____ :
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)   1.5  (6.0%) 
EEEEE __________ :
Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic)   1.4  (5.5%) 
FFFFF __________ :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   4.5  (17.4%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIII :I
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic) Elected
E

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 5    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   4.3  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   4.3  (16.7%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)   2.0  (7.7%) 
GGGGGGG ________ :
Jeff Denham, Agribusinessman/Farmer/Senator (Republican)   0.5  (2.0%) 
BB _____________ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   4.3  (16.7%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   3.0  (11.5%) 
DDDDDDDDDD _____ :
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)   1.7  (6.6%) 
EEEEEE _________ :
Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic)   1.4  (5.5%) 
FFFFF __________ :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   4.3  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIII :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Jeff Denham, Agribusinessman/Farmer/Senator (Republican) Defeated
D

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Jeff Denham, Agribusinessman/Farmer/Senator (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 6    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   4.3  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   4.3  (16.7%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJ _ :
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)   2.0  (7.7%) 
GGGGGGG ________ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   4.3  (16.7%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   3.5  (13.5%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDD ___ :
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)   1.7  (6.6%) 
EEEEEE _________ :
Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic)   1.4  (5.5%) 
FFFFF __________ :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   4.3  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIII :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic) Defeated
EEEEE

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Fred Davis, Retired Probation Officer (Democratic)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 7    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   4.3  (16.7%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   4.3  (16.7%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)   2.0  (7.7%) 
GGGGGG _________ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   4.3  (16.7%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   3.5  (13.5%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDD ___ :
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)   3.2  (12.1%) 
EEEEEEEEEEE ____ :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   4.3  (16.7%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIII :
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican) Defeated
DDD KKK

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Roy Ashburn, Senator (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

New colors:
K
None of these

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

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Round 8    
-------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   4.3  (17.3%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHH :H
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   4.3  (17.3%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   4.3  (17.3%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCC :C
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   4.5  (18.1%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDD :DD
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)   3.2  (12.6%) 
EEEEEEEEEEE ___ :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   4.3  (17.3%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIII :I
None of these  1.0   
KKK ___________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic) Defeated
HHHHHHHHH JJ

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

No new candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory, so the last-place candidate (Dean Florez, State Senator (Democratic)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 9    
-------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   7.0  (27.8%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHHHHHHHHH
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   4.9  (19.4%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :JJJ
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   4.3  (17.3%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCC :
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   4.5  (18.1%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDD :D
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   4.3  (17.3%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIII :
None of these  1.0   
KKKK __________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Matthew Rick (Green) Elected
CCCCC JJ

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

Matthew Rick (Green) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 10    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   5.0  (20.0%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HH
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   5.4  (21.6%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :JJJ
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   5.6  (22.4%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCC
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   4.5  (18.1%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   4.5  (17.9%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIII :I
None of these  1.0   
KKKK ___________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic) Elected
III

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 11    
--------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   5.0  (20.0%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HH
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   5.4  (21.6%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :JJJ
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   5.0  (20.0%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CC
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   4.5  (18.1%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   5.1  (20.3%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIII :II
None of these  1.0   
KKKK ___________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian) Elected
DD

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Next Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 12    
-------------- 16.7%
Matthew Rick (Green)   5.0  (20.0%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHH :HHH
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   5.0  (20.0%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :JJJ
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   5.0  (20.0%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCC :CCCC
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   4.9  (19.7%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDD :DDD
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   5.1  (20.3%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIII :IIII
None of these  1.0   
KKK ___________
   
Results   Redistributed Votes (to these colors)
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic) Elected

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (16.7% of counted votes).

Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic) has enough votes to guarantee victory 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, if possible. This is actually done by counting a fraction of the ballots most recently counted for the winning candidate.

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DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Final Round | Previous Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


Round 13    
----------------- 20%
Matthew Rick (Green)   5.0  (20.0%) 
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian)   5.0  (20.0%) 
JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ :
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic)   5.0  (20.0%) 
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :C
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican)   5.0  (20.0%) 
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :D
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic)   5.0  (20.0%) 
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII :I
None of these  1.0   
KKKK _____________
   
Results  
Wesley Firch, Retired Accountant (Democratic) Elected 
Dave Cogdill, Sr, Businessman/Assemblymember (Republican) Elected 
Matthew Rick (Green) Elected 
Alex Padilla, Los Angeles City Councilman (Democratic) Elected 
Pamela Brown, Economics Professor (Libertarian) Elected 

Note: If this doesn't make sense, try reading the How it works page, view the table form, or ask a question.
The dotted line represents the number of votes that guarantees victory (20% of counted votes).

At this point, the number of remaining candidates equals the number of remaining seats, so the remaining candidates are declared elected.
In the end, 96.2% 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.

The Ballot Depth section shows how much lower rankings contributed to the tally.
















 
 
DemoChoice Web Poll: Senators from Central California (District 2)
5 candidates will be elected with 26 ballots cast.

Table form | Chart form: First Round | Final Round | Ballot Depth | How it works | Main Page


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

Rank Fraction of votes for winners
1st 39.4% 
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2nd 35.9% 
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3rd 22.3% 
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4th 0.9% 
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