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Participatory Budget Votes in Chicago 2011$480,000was available.4,884votes were cast.
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Values of votes in the 49th Ward. by Robert Loring (c) 2011About 1000 voters cast ballots.$98average value of a vote.
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Up to 6 votes per ballot. But no Cumulative Voting, for example 6 votes for 1 item.
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Cumulative or Transferable Votes could help all votes have an equal dollar value.
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Even the winning votes were wildly unequal !
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A vote for the Playground was worth $501. But a vote for the Bike Racks was worth only $31. That's 16 to 1.
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More than half the votes were completely 'wasted' because 2562 votes, a majority, got nothing. *
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Transferable Votes are more fair: Fewer votes get wasted. And each item must get enough votes to pay its cost.STV introduction.STV for projects.
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For approx. equal ≈ votes, divide budgets by$12,000
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#Project TitleProposed BudgetVotes CastUneconomic Rank ResultOne vote for every $/VoteVotes of ≈ValueFair $ RankFair $ ResultRunning Total
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16Bike Racks$12,0003883Won1 vote for $313881Won$12,000
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1Metra Underpass Renovation at Birchwood, Touhy & Estes$15,0003594Won1 vote for $422872Won$27,000
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2Neighborhood Kiosks$15,000189121 vote for $791513Won$42,000
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6Additional Funds for Pottawatomie Park Dog Park$45,00029771 vote for $152794Won$87,000
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15Improve the Intersection of Ridge, Touhy and Rogers$75,0004941Won1 vote for $152794Won$162,000
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3Decorative Light Poles$25,000148161 vote for $169716Won$187,000
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8Police Cameras at Lunt & Paulina, and Touhy & Sheridan$40,000187131 vote for $214567Won$227,000
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17Rogers Park Bike Network, Phase 2$90,0004072Won1 vote for $221548Won$317,000
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7Police Cameras by Loyola Park Fieldhouse, Rogers & Damen, and Estes & Glenwood.$60,00025381 vote for $237519Won$377,000
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18New Canopy at Rogers Park Metra Station$50,000205101 vote for $2444910Won$427,000
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14Install handicapped ramps and paint crosswalks at Ridge Blvd. and Chase Ave.$40,000147171 vote for $2724411Won$467,000
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4Beach Path Extensions at Jarvis, Touhy and Morse$105,0003256Won1 vote for $3233712Lost$572,000
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21Sidewalk Repairs: 1944-46 W Touhy, 1901 and 2001 blocks of W Lunt, and 1247-65 W Columbia$55,000116191 vote for $4742513$627,000
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5New Playground at Touhy Park$175,0003495Won1 vote for $5012414Lost$802,000
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11New Street Lights: on Morse Ave. Ravenswood Ave. to Clark St. & on Sherwin Ave. from Sheridan Rd. to the Lake.$120,000198111 vote for $6062015$922,000
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10More Residential Street Lighting: Chase Ave & Birchwood Ave, from Ridge Blvd to Damen Ave.$60,00098201 vote for $6122015$982,000
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19Sidewalk Repairs: 7201 W Claremont Ave, 2301 W Chase and 2101 W Fargo$145,00021291 vote for $6841817$1,127,000
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20Sidewalk Repairs: 7202 N Hamilton Ave, 1147-51 W Pratt, 7300 N Rogers Ave and 1250 W Sherwin$95,000126181 vote for $7541618$1,222,000
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12New Street Lights: Estes Ave., from Asland Blvd. to Glenwood Ave.$120,000153141 vote for $7841519$1,342,000
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9New Street Lights: Juneway Terr, from Asland Ave. to Sheridan Rd$130,000149151 vote for $8721420$1,472,000
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13Ashland and Greenleaf Traffic/Pedestrian Signal$320,00084211 vote for $3,810321$1,792,000
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TOTALS$1,792,0004,8846Number of winning projects11
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2,322Supported by __ votes3,074
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48%
% of votes63%132%
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Anyone who voted for all six winners won $1270$472,000Total spent$467,000
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Anyone who voted for six "losers" (such as 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 18) funded $0.$203The average winning vote spent$152
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Voting based on transferable votes is much more fair.$1,218$1,270A ballot with 6 winners spent about$912
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So it is worth your time to vote!
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If we combine projects 2 and 6, we might get a project worth 486 votes for $60,000.*
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According to voters, this is a much better use of money than project 5.
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*But a voter who had voted for both is not allowed to give 2 votes to the new proposal.
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If we combine projects 2, 3 and 6, we may get a project worth 634 votes for $85,000.*
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That is half the cost of project 5 and almost twice the votes.
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If we combine projects 2, 3, 6 and 8, we get a project worth 821 votes for $125,000.*
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That still costs less than project 5.
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmxLFEkJdvAHdDRZbmkyTFZ4dXpyUjdWWXZFekFFOHc&hl=en_US
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The 2322 winning votes got $472000. Their fair share was less than half as much, $228206.
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The majority of votes, 2562, got zero. Their fair share was $251794.
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*All voting rules leave some wasted votes. But plurality rules are the worst at wasting votes.
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