I want to try alternative voting systems and wanted to take Georgia as my mock example as their political elections data is very granular as one can see here. Georgian has a unicameral parliament, currently consisting of 150 members; of these, 77 are proportional representatives and 73 are elected through single-member district plurality system, representing their constituencies.

What is a constituency in the Georgian political system? Is it a district? A precinct? I would guess it is a district.

It is a single-member district plurality system. According to the Wikipedia article for the next parliamentary elections, it uses a modified two-round system, in which candidates must receive over 50% of the valid vote to win in the first round. A second round is held between the top two candidates if there is no winner in the first round.

However, the results for a given precinct on the official data elections website show the results of all parties. Are these the results of the first round only?

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Unfortunately political terms are not universal in English, and a translation that makes sense in one dialect can be meaningless in another. Constituency is commonly used in Commonwealth English for the political unit from which winners are elected. Wikipedia gives a large number of alternative names on this page, where it identifies it with the term "electoral district".

Based on this English language version of the Georgian Constitution as of 2013, it appear that

Article 105, paragraph 4

A candidate having obtained the most number of votes but not less than onethird of votes shall be deemed elected in a majoritarian electoral district.

Hence I suspect no run-offs occurred during the 2016 election.

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