And the winner of our Liberal Voice of the Year award is… Edward Snowden

by Stephen Tall on January 15, 2014

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It’s a fortnight since we launched our search for the Liberal Voice of the Year with the aim of finding the individual or group which has had the biggest liberal impact in the past 12 months. This is LibDemVoice’s seventh such annual award, and as is our tradition, we looked beyond the ranks of the Lib Dems to find the liberal who’s most impressed our readers and is NOT a member of our party.

We unveiled the shortlist here on New Year’s Day. In total, 363 readers cast a vote in the past two weeks using a preferential voting system. The final (13th) round of voting gave the following result:

1st: Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who disclosed intelligence files to the media, triggering a global debate about how far the state’s spying activities exceeded the law.

2nd: Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai, who expanded her campaign against the Taliban’s ban on girls from attending school by addressing the UN to call for worldwide access to education.

3rd: Coalition for Equal Marriage

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Coalition for Equal Marriage, the campaign group created in 2012 by Conor Marron and James Lattimore, championed the same-sex marriage legislation passed in 2013.

As last year, the person well ahead on first preference votes in the initial round was eventually confirmed as the outright winner once the votes for losing candidates were re-distributed – but only just. With not everyone using all their available votes, Edward Snowden emerged the winner with 43%, narrowly ahead of Malala Yousafzai.

My thanks, as ever, to Ryan Cullen for devising the preferential voting technology and calculating the results.



The results

Counting votes using ERS97 STV. There are 14 candidates competing for 1 seats.
The number of voters is 363 and there were 363 valid votes.

The bar charts below show the vote counts for each candidate in each round.
Place the mouse over a bar to see the number of votes.

  • Yellow — Votes carried over from the previous round.
  • Green — Votes received in this round.
  • Red — Votes transferred away in this round.

A candidate’s votes in a round is the sum of the yellow and green bars.
Since the green and red bars represent votes being transferred, the sum of the
green and red bars is the same.

The exhausted bar represents votes where the voter did not indicate a next
preference and thus there were no candidates to transfer the vote to. The
threshold bar (where shown) indicates the number of votes that ensures that a
candidate will win a seat.


Round 1

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Count of first choices. The initial quota is 181.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 2

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Don’t Judge My Family. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 181.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 3

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Candidates Caroline Criado-Perez and Tom Daley were tied when choosing candidates to eliminate. Candidate Caroline Criado-Perez was chosen by breaking the tie at round 1. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Caroline Criado-Perez. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 181.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 4

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Tom Daley. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 180.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 5

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Lindiwe Mazibuko . Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 180.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 6

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Pussy Riot. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 179.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 7

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Alan Rusbridger. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 179.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 8

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Candidates Birgitte Nyborg from Borgen and Jose Mujica were tied when choosing candidates to eliminate. Candidate Birgitte Nyborg from Borgen was chosen by breaking the tie at round 1. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Birgitte Nyborg from Borgen. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 178.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 9

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Jose Mujica. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 177.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 10

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Pope Francis. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 174.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 11

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Jo Shaw. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 171.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 12

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Nelson Mandela . Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 167.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.


Round 13

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All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Coalition for Equal Marriage. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 154.50. Candidate Edward Snowden has reached the threshold and is elected.


Winners

Winner is Edward Snowden.

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.