We’re going to review the process of electing state delegates at caucus. While there is a lot of math here, no one will need to actually do the math. We will provide an App and a hotline to do the math for you. But in case you’re curious how the calculations actually work, we have shown the math here.
The number of Democrats showing up to the Mount Blue municipal caucus is 85. Not only do they need to elect 22 delegates to the State Convention, but they also need to do it according to the presidential preference of attendees.
|Moxie:||28 caucus attendees|
|Blueberry:||24 caucus attendees|
|Lobster:||14 caucus attendees|
|Maple Syrup:||12 caucus attendees|
|Whoopie Pie:||3 caucus attendees|
|Apple:||2 caucus attendees|
|Red Snapper:||1 caucus attendee|
|Undecided:||1 caucus attendee|
How will they figure out how many of the 22 delegates each group is entitled to? They multiply the number of delegates their town is entitled to (22) by the number of supporters each groups has, divide by the total number of caucus attendees participating, and round to the second decimal place:
|Moxie:||22 x 28 / 85 =||7.25 =||7 delegates|
|Blueberry:||22 x 24 / 85 =||6.21 =||6 delegates|
|Lobster:||22 x 14 / 85 =||3.62 =||3 delegates|
|Maple Syrup:||22 x 12 / 85 =||3.11 =||3 delegates|
|Whoopie Pie:||22 x 3 / 85 =||0.78 =||0 delegates|
|Apple:||22 x 2 / 85 =||0.52 =||0 delegates|
|Red Snapper:||22 x 1 / 85 =||0.26 =||0 delegates|
|Undecided:||22 x 1 / 85 =||0.26 =||0 delegates|
The Mount Blue caucus attendees have distributed 19 of their 22 delegates, but now they need to figure out who gets the remaining 3 delegates. They do this by comparing the remainders and giving the leftover delegates to the highest remainders in order until all delegates are distributed. The top three remainders are Whoopie Pie with .78, Lobster with .62, and Apple with .52. So the delegate results now look like this:
|Maple Syrup:||3 delegates|
|Whoopie Pie:||1 delegate|
|Red Snapper:||0 delegates|
At this point, the attendees are given an opportunity to switch preference groups. If people switch groups the same process is repeated but with new totals.