Cumulate & Variegate

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What is accumulation and how does it work?!

The "cumulation" of votes, or better understood, the accumulation of votes, means nothing other than that you can give candidates more than one vote.

Example Municipal Council of Heilbronn

The municipal council consists of 40 municipal councillors; the size of the municipal council is determined by the number of inhabitants. Each voter therefore has a total of 40 votes available, which he can give to all candidates on the election lists. If the voter wants to cumulate, he can give individual candidates up to 3 votes, but must not give more than 40 votes in total, otherwise all his votes are invalid! For example, if the voter gives three votes each to the first 10 candidates on a list, he has already cast 30 votes and can now only give the other 30 remaining candidates a total of 10 votes. If he now gives the following 10 candidates 1 vote each, he has given his 40 votes and the remaining 20 candidates get “empty”.

What is variegation and how does it work?!

The "mixing" of votes, or better understood, the mixing of votes, means either that you take the list of a party where you want to cast the most votes and then candidates from other lists that you also want to vote for, transfers to this list and then selects it there as well. Or else, the voter submits several lists, although in total no more than the total number of votes to be awarded may be assigned.

Example municipal council of Heilbronn:

The municipal council consists of 40 municipal councillors; the size of the municipal council is determined by the number of inhabitants. Each voter therefore has a total of 40 votes available, which he can give to all candidates on the election lists. The voter can now take a list, vote for 30 candidates there and then add ten more candidates from other lists to this list. This gives him a total of 40 votes to be awarded. Alternatively, the voter takes, for example, four lists and then chooses ten candidates there, and has thus also cast his 40 votes.

Of course, I would be very happy if you gave me three of your 40 votes!

I can be found on the List of Free Voters (FWV HN) - list position 11.


"People will never stop believing that they can get more out of something."

Matthew Modine as John Sculley in Jobs (2013)
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