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Derek Connery explains the complicated single transferable vote system that sees the electorate rank those standing by numerical preference

This election will see the single transferable vote (STV, not the TV channel) system being used again as it has been in Scotland for all local council elections since 2007.

Now the $64,000 question: how does it work? I thought I knew roughly but, in truth, I was clueless. It is quite a complicated system all told but it is thought to be fairer than the traditional first past the post (FPTP) methods and ensures that no vote is wasted.

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