[EM] Proportional Representation Systems I'd Support
lists001 at robertjrichard.com
Tue Mar 23 09:27:13 PDT 2010
Google turned up this description of the Swiss electoral system:
I haven't seen this website before. The rest of it looks pretty basic.
James Gilmour wrote:
> Raph Frank > Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:08 AM
>> On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 12:08 AM, James Gilmour
>> <jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk> wrote:
>>> In the (much) more complicated Swiss system, the "apparentenement" is
>>> determined by each individual voter.
>> Do you have a link to the method that they use? Is it just
>> open party list?
> Raph, in a word, no. I'm afraid you'll have to do your own searching. You'll probably find the documents are in German, French,
> Italian and Romanche, the four official languages of Switzerland. My info was taken from Enid Lakeman's book, fourth edition 1974:
> "How Democracies Vote". Fortunately for me, that is written in English.
> With regard to the "Conseil National" (the lower house of the Swiss Federal Parliament), she says each elector has as many votes are
> there are seats to be filled in each "electoral direct" = one Canton or one-half Canton. In 1967 there were four 1-member electoral
> districts and the others returned between 2 and 35 members each (total seats = 200). Voters may distribute their votes among all
> the candidates nominated, freely across party lists, and cumulate two votes, but not more, on any candidate. The votes in each list
> (or combination of allied lists) are totalled and the seats allocated to parties (or combinations of parties) in proportion to those
> totals. The allocated seats are filled by candidates in order of the numbers of votes received.
> There are almost certainly differences from this federal system in the arrangements and counting rules for Cantonal and local
> government elections in Switzerland. Be aware that the PR principle goes beyond the election of the lower house of the federal
> Parliament. The Federal Council is elected by the federal parliament and is chosen to include representatives of all the main
> parties and of the different types of cantons.
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