[EM] Re: alternate proportional method

James Gilmour jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk
Mon Jul 28 08:48:08 PDT 2003

Olli wrote:
> In the last parliamentary election their were two Social Democratic 
> candidates from Uusikaupunki, where my Internet Service Provider is. 
> Neither was elected but their votes combined would have elected an 
> MP.

Why did their combined votes not secure their party one seat, which would then have been allocated
to whichever of the two got the greater number of personal votes?

> STV would have been better. Even with the Swiss system the 
> townspeople wouldn't have wasted their vote.

The only disadvantage of the Swiss system is that surpluses and exclusions are not transferable
under the voter's control.  Transferability is assumed to be within the parties' lists.


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