### The Borda Count Method

 For the Borda Count Method, each candidate (or alternative) gets 1 point for each last place vote received, 2 points for each next-to-last point vote, etc., all the way up to N points for each first place vote (where N is the number of candidates/alternatives). The candidate with the largest point total wins the election.

 For instance, in a 4 candidate election, each 4th place vote is worth 1 point, each 3rd place vote is worth 2 points, each 2nd place vote is worth 3 points, and each 1st place vote is worth 4 points.The Borda Count Method, or some variation of it, is often used for things like polls which rank sporting teams or academic institutions.

 The mayor of Smallville is being chosen in an election using the Borda Count Method. The four candidates are Paul (the town barber), Rita (head of the town council), Sarah (Superintendent of Education), and Tim (former District Attorney).500 registered voters cast their preference ballots. The results are summarized in the preference schedule below.

### Place

130 120 100 150
1st P T T S
2nd R R R R
3rd S S P P
4th T P S T

 There are various ways of performing the calculations needed to determine the winner of a Borda Count election. Perhaps the most straightforward way is to set up a 'calculation template' and then insert the appropriate numbers from the preference schedule. For instance, the 'calculation template' for the election above would be:

 Paul: 4( ) + 3( ) + 2( ) + 1( ) = Rita: 4( ) + 3( ) + 2( ) + 1( ) = Sarah: 4( ) + 3( ) + 2( ) + 1( ) = Tim: 4( ) + 3( ) + 2( ) + 1( ) =