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Rice University picks a Student Association president with ranked choice voting

Rice University picks a Student Association president with ranked choice voting

There are 62 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada that use ranked choice voting (RCV) for its student body elections. Most recently, Lovett College at Rice University in Houston used RCV, allowing student voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

Despite an error with the voting setup that required many students to recast their votes, the Student Association (SA) election broke the record for the largest number of voters: more than 50 percent of the undergraduate student body participated. In a typical RCV election, the candidate with the lowest number of first choice votes is eliminated and those votes are re-allocated to the voters second choice. The process continues until a candidate receives a majority of the votes (50 percent + 1).

The SA election results went through four rounds before a winner for president was declared. Interestingly, sophomore Ariana Engles, maintained a lead through each round, and ultimately, won the election with 53 percent of the vote over three other competitors. The full results can be seen here.

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