POSTED: June 24th 2011

2018 Olympics: Stacking IOC votes for the host city

The Durban shoreline by night / Durban 2011
The Durban shoreline by night / Durban 2011

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Jun 24: The upcoming race for the host city of the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics is ticking off the days with only 12 days to go until the final vote on July 6th in Durban.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will gather for the 123rd Session and probably the most anticipated moment on the agenda is the vote for the winter Games city. 

All three candidate cities Annecy, Munich and PyeongChang are pulling out all the stops to get the finishing touches on their presentations and put their best message forward in Durban at the IOC Session for the critical eyes of the voting IOC members.

It is interesting to take a look at how the votes actually will stack up to crown a winner as host city for the Games.

According to IOC information there are overall 110 members in the organization, however six of them are affiliated to the three bid cities.

Annecy has Guy Drut and Jean-Claude Killy, Munich has Thomas Bach and Claudia Bokel, PyeongChang has Kun-Hee Lee and Dae Sun Moon so these members will not have a vote in the first round.

If there is an absolute majority of the voting group then there is a winner, if not then they go to second round.

The city that falls out on the first round with fewer votes will then be able to have that nation's IOC members vote in the second round.

IOC President, Dr. Jacques Rogge, does not vote, so this could potentially allow for 103 total votes. This could change as a member must be present in order to vote so if anyone cannot make the session they will not have a vote.

Some members could abstain from voting, as some just don't want to participate in the selection of a host city. 

The crucial votes are counted through a 100% secret ballot managed through the IOC's high tech voting system. Then IOC President Rogge will make the announcement on live television and the winner will be known.

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