Counting begins after the polls close at 8 p.m. Electronic tabulators are used to perform the count (we do not count by hand).
We have 15 separate races to count:
- 1 Mayor
- 14 Wards
We begin by counting all of the first choice votes in a race. If a candidate in that race has received 50 percent plus one of the votes, they are declared the winner.
If no candidate receives 50 percent plus one of the votes, then the candidate who received the least amount of votes is eliminated from the race.
The votes earned by the remaining candidates are carried forward to the next round of counting. The eliminated candidate's ballots are redistributed to the remaining candidates, this time using the next choice indicated on those ballots. All of the votes are then counted again.
If any of the remaining candidates received 50 percent plus one of the votes, they are elected. If not, the process of elimination is repeated until a winner is declared.
After round(s) of elimination have occurred and only two candidates remain, the candidate with the most votes wins.