Colgate University used OpaVote for a faculty election in March 2013.
- Allocate all votes to their first choices.
- Starting with the candidate with the greatest number of votes, transfer surplus votes to their next choices.
- Starting with the candidate with the fewest number of votes, eliminate all candidates with fewer than 50 votes and transfer those votes to their next choices.
- Eliminate the candidate with the fewest number of votes and transfer those votes to their next choices.
- Repeat step 4, until sufficient candidates have reached the winning threshold.
n = Candidate's Total Ballots Surplus Ballots.A ballot selected by this method that does not show a preference for a continuing candidate is skipped and remains with the original candidate. If not enough ballots are removed when ballots n, 2n, 3n, .... have been transferred, the sequence starts again with n+1, 2n+1, 3n+1, ....