# Simple Ranked Voting

So I'm looking at trying to solve this problem:

I have N-individuals who're trying to determine the relative priority of M-projects. We decided to start off with a voting scheme which was something like - every individual can vote from 0 to 5 for any of the project (abstaining is equal to 0). Then we sum up the votes for each project and order them based off that.

While I trust the people I work with, I'm wondering if there's a better way to do this. There are obviously some issues with this - where you can just always vote 5 and your votes will have far more power.

We mostly picked this because we are voting in a Google Spreadsheets (new items can get added and it's not reasonable to have people vote in other ways) - so I am also looking for something that would be relatively easy to add to a Google Sheet and is also easy to explain to people.

What are some good ways of solving this problem?

• sort of magnitude is $M$? Also you can restrict the number of votes someone can vote a say each person has to rank the top 5 projects. This will defend against someone always voting 5. Jun 25, 2019 at 16:33
• That's a rated or scored voting method, not ranked Jun 25, 2019 at 18:11
• i was almost going to say it was Borda count, but it's not that. you're right @endolith, it is Score Voting (sometimes called Range Voting). Dec 26, 2020 at 19:22