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What could be an appropriate electoral system, when some of the alternatives are similar to each other?

Let us say people in a certain institution are given the choice to select one of four alternatives. While alternative 1 is to reject a certain policy, alternatives 2,3 and 4 are in favor of putting a ...
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What is the name of the electoral system that I describe? (Derived from FPTP, but proportionally representative)

Here is an electoral system that I came up with. It's derived from First-past-the-post, and still only elects one candidate per riding, but the process is modified for proportional representation. ...
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How do political parties which identify with castes, languages or religions comply with India's RPA Act, 1951?

The Representation of People Act, 1951, of the Parliament of India states, Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act, defines a corrupt electoral practice as follows: “The ...
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Does representativeness in a political system come at the cost of inherent complexity?

Alright, this is something I've thought about for a while with respect to comparisons between the German and British or Australian and Estonian electoral systems. Some of these are fairly simple to ...
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Why are there exceptions to Duverger's Law?

Duverger's law states that in a first past the post electoral system, the system will end up with a two party system. However, many countries with first past the post electoral systems (such as India,...
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How are gender quotas justified by lawmakers given that they appear to violate the Equal Opportunity Principle?

According to this document (page 12): Table 1 indicates that, of the 30 EU/EEA countries, five – Belgium, France, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain – have introduced quotas by law that are binding ...
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What are the pros and cons of only voting for first choice in SE moderator elections?

As a reminder, StackExchange moderator elections are modified STV. Is there a benefit, or a downside, for picking only the first of 3 choices when voting in a site election? In which situations ...
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Are all popular votes counted even when one candidate has an insurmountable lead?

Much has been made of the recent election since Clinton seems to have won the "popular vote" while Trump won the vote for the electoral college. I wonder, though, if this is actually true or if we ...
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Can a president win the electoral college and lose the popular vote

Let me preface this by saying I'm not American (I'm British). Last chance I got to look at the figures Hillary is amazingly close (<100k votes) behind Trump. But I realise that irrespective of how ...
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What are the disadvantages of first-past-the-post electoral systems?

We all know the situation could arise in the U.S. where one candidate wins the popular vote but another one the electoral college. Given that the same could arise in the United Kingdom and other ...