Monday, 01 June, 2009
Elections And Rounding
In Massachusetts: Truro zoning decision hinges on single vote.
In a vote of 136 to 70, voters passed a new time limit on how quickly a cottage colony, cabin colony, motel or hotel can be converted to condominiums. The new limit requires that those properties be in operation for three years before being converted to condominiums.
And here comes the math:
The exact count of the vote - 136 to 70 -had town officials hitting their calculators yesterday. The zoning measure needed a two-thirds vote to pass. A calculation by town accountant Trudy Brazil indicated that 136 votes are two-thirds of 206 total votes, said Town Clerk Cynthia Slade.
Brazil said she used the calculation of .66 multiplied by 206 to obtain the number.
But using .6666 - a more accurate version of two-thirds - the affirmative vote needed to be 137 instead of 136, according to an anonymous caller to town hall and to the Times.
Slade said that she called several of her colleagues to see how they calculate a two-thirds vote, and the answer varied widely. In Provincetown, Town Clerk Doug Johnstone uses .66.
I'd say they need 138 votes to pass. Two-thirds of 206 is 137.3333333. Since nobody can actually cast 1/3 of a vote, it requires an additional vote beyond 137.
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