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#Redirect[[Utilitarian Voting]]
[[Utilitarian Voting]] is a [[single winner election method]] design to satisfy Jeremy Bentham's Principle of Utility. This principle can be stated as ""Act always to promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number." [Source: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/james-mill/]. That was how Bentham had stated it. It is also called [[Happiness Voting]].
 
==The Procedure==
Each voter is given a list of all candidates in the election. The voter is asked to list the candidates that they are happy with to win the election. A given voter can only list a given candidate once. Whichever candidate occurs on the most lists wins.
 
==Discussion==
This voting system is an [[approval method]]. It is said to satisfy Bentham's principle by electing the candidate that makes the greatest number of voters happy. A criticism of this voting system is that it only tries to make the greatest number of voters happy. It does not take into account the extent of happiness.
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