In general elections with a single position to fill, the candidate with the most votes wins. In party races, however, multiple positions may need to be filled by multiple candidates, some of whom may be elected and others not. Appendix A voting is ideal when lots of candidates are running for multiple positions within a race. Appendix A eliminates the possibility of one person getting several times as many votes as they need to be elected with many others not getting any votes at all. 

For example, this occurs when numerous but limited delegate positions are available for a convention and we have more candidates than positions. Appendix A voting considers the number of positions to be filled and the number of votes cast. Then, each candidate must reach a quota number of votes to be elected. The quota is calculated using the system shown below.

Because voters elect multiple candidates, they also vote for multiple candidates. Voters fill out multi-lined ballots, prioritizing their selections. Their first choice should be first, their second choice should be on line two, and so on.

When tallying results, ballots are drawn and counted randomly, with each being numbered so that the sequence can be done again if needed.

A candidate listed first on a ballot drawn late in tally may already have achieved quota and been declared elected. In that case, the candidate on the second line of the ballot gets the vote. If the second choice candidate has also been declared elected, the candidate on the third line gets the vote.

Only one vote gets recorded for each ballot.


Quota Calculation

Line 1 Enter the precinct’s allocation, per the apportionment formula Line 1 __________
Line 2 Subtract 1 (for the precinct chair, who is an automatic County Central
Committee member) from Line 1. This is the number of people that the
precinct should elect.
Line 2 __________

NOTE: If the value on Line 2 is “0”, the precinct has no additional positions to fill by election. If the value on Line 2 is “1”, the precinct should elect one person on a single-line ballot in accordance with Article I, Section 5, Rule If the value on Line 2 is less than 2, do not proceed any further with this worksheet!

Line 3 Add 1 to Line 2 Line 3 __________
Line 4 Enter the number of ballots issued to the electors from the precinct Line 4 __________
Line 5 Divide the value on Line 4 by the value on Line 3 Line 5 __________
Line 6 If the value of Line 5 is a whole number, add one to that value. If the value
on Line 5 has a decimal value, round the number up to the next highest
whole number. This is the “quota”, or the number of votes that candidates
need to obtain to be guaranteed election
Line 6 __________