[EM] Question about a news report and nomenclature

James Gilmour jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk
Tue Oct 14 04:59:02 PDT 2003

Paul Kislanko wrote:
> >
> > If that is what IRV is, what is the difference between IRV and STV?

Diana replied:
> How many candidates got elected?  If only one, it was IRV; if 
> more than one STV.  Or you can see it as IRV being the 
> single-winner version of STV, if you like.

It is to avoid this confusion that Fairshare now always refers to "STV-PR" when we mean STV for
multi-seat elections.  Because STV can be used in single-seat elections (= IRV in USA, =
"Alternative Vote" in UK), we are very keen to emphasise the PR part.  We don't want IRV to elect
our local government councils, but some of our opponents do, so they try to muddy the "STV" waters.


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