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If the UK introduced proportional representation, how likely is it that the Labour Party and/or the Conservative Party would split? [closed]

Obviously both are broad church parties held together by FPTP. Would they split, or perhaps Labour right and Tory left would migrate to the Lib Dems? When PR is introduced in a nation, does it ...
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Name of a voting system where you can transfer your vote to anyone at any time

I remember reading about a theoretical electoral system where votes are passed on in a continuously changing graph. I would like to know the name or origin of this system. This is my approximate ...
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Is there an operating political system in which an election can be invalidated because of a too little participation?

I don't know enough about the many election systems throughout the world, but what I often see is that the abstention rate is at best an indicator (of something), if it's taken into account at all. I ...
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Is there a term for radical opposition to proportional representation?

Is there some standard name for radical opposition against proportional representation? Two examples: Quote of Vladimir Bukovsky from Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship: The European ...
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What happens next with the UK review of parliamentary constituency boundaries?

With all the focus on Brexit, everyone has gone very quiet about the proposed reduction in the number of Commons seats to 600 and the long-overdue implementation of boundary changes to even out the ...
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Election reform [duplicate]

Why can't Canadians elect their government by designating their tax dollars to Party X or Party Y etc. The Party with the most revenue is the ruling Party the next down the line would be coalition ...
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Where are electoral systems typically defined?

Italy changed its electoral law in 2017, with a simple majority vote in the parliament. It strikes me as peculiar and dangerous that it is relatively easy for the ruling party to change "the rules of ...
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Why is the majority bonus systems so rarely used across the world?

According to Wikipedia the majority bonus system is used only by a few countries: Armenia San Marino Italy Argentina (Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Santa Fe and the Province of Entre Ríos ...
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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 ...