Imagine a tournament
You can think of the Schulze Method as a tournament where the winner must defeat its opponents in each one-on-one game.
To determine who wins each game of the tournament, we look at the ballots that the voters cast. It's a lot faster than asking the voters to come back and vote for each game. If 20 people preferred A over B and 10 people prefer B over A, then A wins that game.
To be thorough, the winner must defeat every other candidate, not just a few up a tournament tree. Because we already have the ballots to determine each game's winner, time isn't a constraint here and we can take our time to be careful.
Give it a try. Submit a ballot or two and see how it works for yourself.
Add a new ballot
Understand your ballot
The following preferences are inferred from this ballot.
The number of stars isn't important; Only the wins or losses are.
Tally the preferences with the other ballots
The connecting lines represent inferred one-on-one games (comparisons) between the connected candidates. Look at the connecting line between A and B. On the left side, you see the number of voters that prefer A over B. On the right side, you see the number of voters that prefer B over A.
The first thing we look for is a candidate that never loses.