TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1949
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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On Last Two
Final Student Legislature elec-
tion results indicate a decided drop
in the amount of bloc voting since
Figures for comparing the two
elections were obtained by com-
puting the number of votes trans-
ferred from each dropped candi-
date to those still in the race. j
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THIS GIVES a result which is
indicative of a trend in voting but
does not include all possible cases
of bloc voting due to the impossi-
bility of checking second and third
place choices on ballots which are
(Under the Hare proportional
representation system, ballots
. of candidates elected are not
re-distributed unless the candi-
r date tops the quota needed for
election-in past election, over
This year, there were only 11 in-
stances in which 15 or more votes
were transferred in a bloc from one
candidate to another. Comparable
figures for last spring's election
show 25 cases.
Transfers of 25 or more votes at
one time appeared only three
times in the recent election, but
were evidenced in 10 instances last
STUDENT Legislature President
John Ryder called these figures
"indicative of a trend to judge
candidates as individuals."
"Open houses at which the
candidate has a chance to speak
to the whole group and answer
questions give voters a chance
to judge how well the candidate
knows what he's talking about,
and how well he can think on
his feet," Ryder said.
Many people probably voted ac-
cording to the impression the can-
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(5.) BLOC VOTING RECORDED SEPARATELY-Phil Berry records on a large master sheet how
second-place and consequent choices went to candidates after others were dropped from the running
The system brings bloc voting right out into the open for all to see. Anxious candidates look over
his shoulder to see how they are doing.
(4.) MARKING ADDITIONS ON BLACKBOARD-Hugh. Green-
berg marks vote additions in front of the names of candidates still
in the running. Spaces where names have been erased indicate
that the candidate has been eliminated from the election.- Votes
are redistributed from eliminated candidates' ballots in order of
preference until the last of the 28 SL offices have been :filled.
The entire Hare System is a process of elimination-in this year's
election, 28 candidates were elected and 30 hopefuls dropped.
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