# Why can I vote more than positions

It seems unreasonable that I can vote more number of candidates than the posts available like in recent election.

I am requesting feature request to adjust this.

It is reasonable that while voting I should only be able to vote four best that I think deserve, not all!

P.S. I don't know any election system where you can cast two votes.

• I don't think N_votes $\leq$ N_positions is optimal in the mathematical theory of elections. – zyx May 13 '13 at 22:12
• Well, approval voting is quite popular among some voting theorists and used by the Mathematical Association of America. – Michael Greinecker May 14 '13 at 3:22

The election is currently in the primary phase; the votes you are casting are to determine which candidates reach the actual election. Thus, there is no need to restrict votes to four candidates.

• Thanks! I guess/hope there is restriction during final election. – user45099 May 13 '13 at 21:41
• In fact, you can only vote for your three favorite candidates in the actual election: look at the sidebar of the "election" tab. The voting in the actual election will use the Meek STV method. – Zev Chonoles May 13 '13 at 21:44
• It is actually ridiculous that you can only vote for three candidates when there are four moderator slots open. Imagine a scenario, where all the voters cast their vote for the same set of three people. :-) How will the fourth moderator be chosen then? – user17762 May 14 '13 at 0:28
• @user17762: I don't believe the SE election system (or STV in general) requires you to choose a full set of preferences, so just allowing four preferences to be specified wouldn't suffice, you'd have to force people to choose four candidates, which could influence the outcome. – Zev Chonoles May 14 '13 at 0:32