# Gerrymandering Multi Ridings

DEMOREP1 at aol.com DEMOREP1 at aol.com
Mon Jun 9 14:04:45 PDT 1997

```A proxy proportional representation method avoids any quotas and greatly
reduces the ability to gerrymander.
A voter votes 1, 2, etc. for his/her choices.
The candidate with the lowest number of votes loses and has the votes for
him/her transferred to the voter's next choice (if any).
The process is repeated until only N (at least 2) candidates remain (who are
elected).
Each elected legislator has a voting power in the legislative body equal to
Example-
C = Candidates                   Voting Power
C1        22          = 22                = 23
C2        20          = 20 + 5          = 25
C3        15          = 15 + 3          = 18
C4        12 + 5    = 17                = 17
C5        12 + 1    = 13 -13         =   0
C6        11 + 3    = 14 + 2          = 16
C7         9 - 9     =   0                =   0
VNT       0          =   0  +2          =   2
100          100                 100
C7 Loses   C5 Loses

Thus, no quota math to worry about. However, the Droop quota comes into play
by giving an estimate about the size of the lowest minority in a district
that may get a seat.

In the example with N = 5, the Droop quota is (100/(5 +1)) + 1 or 17.7.  I
prefer N to be 5 to permit such 17.7 percent minorities in any district to be
able to elect a legislator. Most voters would have their votes count
indirectly in the legislative body (pending a direct democracy system in
which each voter is directly a legislator).

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