# Difference between revisions of "Graduated Majority Judgment"

Like its predecessor Majority Judgment, Continuous Majority Judgment or CMJ is a single-winner, median-based voting system. It works as follows:

1. Each voter grades each candidate on a grading scale such as A, B, C, D, F
3. If a single candidate has a majority (that is, a number of votes greater than or equal to 50% of voters), they win.
4. If no candidate has a majority, the next grade down (eg, B) is added to the tally, and go back to step 3.
5. If more than one candidate has a majority, the last grade tallied is removed from the tallies, and then re-added at the smallest fraction possible so that some candidate has a majority. This is as if the votes at that grade were added 1% at a time until one candidate gets a majority.

The above process is conceptually simple, but difficult in practice. The following process gives the same results, and is simpler to run in practice:

1. Each voter grades each candidate on a grading scale such as A, B, C, D, F
2. Each grade for each candidate is tallied.
3. The tallies are used to find the median grade for each candidate.
4. Tallies are added to find the V(>M), V(@M), and V(>M) (that is, votes above median, votes at median, and votes below median or blank) for each candidate.
5. A candidate's adjustment is a number between -0.5 and +0.5, calculated using the formula (V(>M) - V(<M)) / (2 * V(@M))
6. The candidate with the highest adjustment among those with the highest median, wins.

If medians are converted to integers (such as 0-4), then the adjusted median scores can easily be reported alongside the full tallies.