Comment posted Misleading instructions to voters: is Duncan Macintyre trawling for 4th preference votes? by James Gilmour.
It is true that you are NOT “expected” to vote “1, 2, 3 and 4″ in a 4-member ward. It is also true that your vote will be counted if you mark “1″ against only one candidate.
However, it is very much in your best interests as a voter to continue to number the candidates until you are unable to make a choice among the remaining candidates. You can do that safe in the knowledge that with STV your second choice can never count against the election of your first choice, your third choice can never count against your first choice or your second choice, and so on.
There are ten candidates in this ward and so it is likely that vote transfers will be very important in determining which four candidates are elected. To secure the representation you want you should mark as many choices as you can.
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