Quick Ranked-Choice Elections with Google Forms
Want to run a really quick ranked-choice election, like "which restaurant should we go to" or "where should we ask the city to build a crosswalk" ? See here for an example:
- Create a new Google Form.
- In the form description, explain each of the choices.
- Add a "multiple choice grid" question.
- In the "rows" of the question, add one row for each choice: "Chocolate", "Vanilla", etc.
- In the "columns" of the question, add a "rank number" for each choice: "1st", "2nd", etc.
- In the "three dots" menu at the bottom-right of the question, turn on "limit to one response per column":
- Send out the form and wait for people to vote.
- Once the votes are in, go to the "Response" tab of the form and export the ballots to a CSV using the option under the "three dots" menu:
- Download ballots.py and pip install pyrankvote.
- Adjust NUMBER_OF_SEATS in ballots.py to be the number of candidates you want to elect, e.g. how many flavors are you going to buy?
- Unzip the ballot CSV run ballots.py with the CSV on standard input: ./ballots.py < ballots.csv