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The voting system used in the Canadian Wheat Board director elections is not the standard one ballot, one vote system. Election co-ordinator Ian Craven of Meyers Norris Penny explains they use a preferential voting system, where each voter marks their top three choices in order. He says candidates need to receive 50% plus one vote to win their district. Only the number one choices are considered in the first round of tabulation. However, if none of the candidates have a majority after the first round, the candidate with the lowest number of first choice ballots is eliminated, and those ballots are split according to their second choice among the remaining candidates. This process is repeated until one candidate has over 50% of the votes. They are then declared the winner. Craven says the ballots were sent out on Wednesday, and they must be back by November 28th.
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