City Council Election 2013

data.cambridgema.gov | Last Updated 24 May 2016

This dataset contains the original final vote tally from 2013 Cambridge City Council election. The City Council comprises nine members and is the Cambridge's lawmaking body. Proportional Representation (PR) is the method by which voters in Cambridge elect members of the City Council and School Committee. In a PR election you may vote for as many of the candidates listed on the ballot as you wish, but you must rank the candidates in order of preference. This ensures minority representation with majority control. The vote count begins with the sorting of ballots by the first preference shown on each valid ballot. That is the NUMBER 1 vote on each ballot. This is generally known as the "First Count". Any candidates who reach the necessary quota with Number 1 votes are declared elected. During the 2013 City Council Election, the quota was 1,775 votes. Any extra ballots they receive beyond the quota are redistributed to the candidates marked next in preference (the number 2 preference) on those excess ballots. The count continues with the elimination of those candidates receiving fewer than fifty votes in the first count. Their ballots are redistributed to the other candidates according to the next preference marked. After each distribution, the candidate now having the lowest number of votes is eliminated and his/her ballots redistributed to the next indicated preference (number 2,3,4 etc.) As candidates reach the quota through the addition of redistributed ballots to their totals, they are declared elected and no further ballots are transferred to them. This process continues until all candidates have been eliminated except the nine winners for City Council. To learn more, please visit: https://www.cambridgema.gov/election/programsandservices/cambridgemunicipalelections

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This dataset has the following 5 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
CountroundnumberThe vote count begins with the sorting of ballots by the first preference shown on each valid ballot. That is the NUMBER 1 vote on each ballot. This is generally known as the "First Count". Any candidates who reach the necessary quota with Number 1 votes are declared elected. Any extra ballots they receive beyond the quota are redistributed to the candidates marked next in preference (the number 2 preference) on those excess ballots. The count continues with the elimination of those candidates receiving fewer than fifty votes in the first count. Their ballots are redistributed to the other candidates according to the next preference marked. After each distribution, the candidate now having the lowest number of votes is eliminated and his/her ballots redistributed to the next indicated preference (number 2,3,4 etc.). Counting continues until nine candidates have been elected.
CandidatecandidatetextCandidate for 2013 City Council Election
Vote Distributionvote_distributionnumberNumber of votes each candidate received this counting round. After the first count, votes for elected and eliminated candidates are redistributed to still-eligible candidates who have not reach the quota of 10 percent of votes plus 1. During the 2013 City Council Election, the quota was 1,775 votes.
Total Votestotal_votesnumberTotal votes for each candidate at the end of each counting round.
StatusstatustextStatus at end of counting round.