Semi-Proportional Electoral Methods

On 4 December 2010, in Front Page, PR Technical, by jlundell

I’ve posted a new page in the PR Basics section: Semi-Proportional Electoral Methods.

Semi-proportional methods, such as the limited or single non-transferable vote (SNTV) or cumulative voting, sometimes proposed to encourage minority representation, have the serious flaw that they achieve proportionality only when groups of voters can cooperate to implement voting strategies. To the extent that any of these systems are simpler to implement than true PR (and we contend that they are not), that simplicity is more than offset by the requirement for complex voting strategies.

The new page explains why STV PR is simpler for the voter as well as being more effective in achieving proportional minority representation.


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