[EM] Proportional Representation Systems I'd Support

James Gilmour jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk
Wed Mar 24 11:14:43 PDT 2010

Raph Frank > Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 5:31 PM
> Sorry, I wasn't clear at all. 

No, it certainly wasn't clear.

> I was thinking of the decoy 
> list issue with MMP.

I don't think this is at all a helpful way of looking at the Swiss CN voting system.

> What I meant was that it is like MMP in that the voters have 
> a party vote and an additional vote using a different method.

No, it is not at all like MMP in that.  ALL the votes are party votes.  All the votes are used to allocate seats to parties and then
the votes within parties are used to decide which candidates should fill the allocated seats.  Importantly, all the members are
elected on an equal basis  -  quite unlike MMP.

> It is immune to decoy lists since it doesn't elect anyone 
> directly.


> The additional vote is purely used to decide which 
> members of the party are elected.

No, because for every "cumulated vote" you must "strike out" a corresponding vote.  Of course, when it comes to the allocation of
candidates to seats, the cumulated votes do have a separate effect.

>  Also, it is single 
> constituency based.

This I do not follow.  The country is divided into "constituencies" = "electoral districts".  The numbers of members elected from
each electoral district ranges from one (very few) to 35.  So there is a "regionalised" element in this system.  Perhaps you meant
that the country was treated as one constituency (electoral district) for the initial allocation of seats to parties?

> It does have the advantage that it is summable.

Coming from a UK background, where all ballots are always taken to a counting centre irrespective of the voting system, this is
irrelevant for far as I am concerned.


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