Bucklin Voting Law and Legal Definition

Bucklin voting refers to a voting system whereby voters are given rank preference ballots. This term was named after James W. Bucklin. It is also known as grand junction system. This method was used in political elections in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Voters rank their choice of preference against the candidate’s name. Bucklin was used for multiwinner elections. Voters marked the same number of second and further choices. Voters supporting a particular candidate will rank him/her first. First choice votes are first counted. This method was eventually repealed in all states in the U.S. as it was found to violate the state constitution.