Stuff:Single-winner electoral system

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This page documents the modern, single-winner electoral system as a generic design for broad-based decision guidance. This unconventional view of a conventional electoral system is mainly intended as a comparative reference.


  1. ^ The "main article" there covers only assembly elections. But this page also covers other types of single-winner election, including executive.
  2. ^ The modern electoral system is conventionally vote based.
  3. ^ This is the date of the Crown and Parliament Recognition Act, following on the Glorious Revolution (1688) and the Bill of Rights (1689). It serves as the default date of origin for institutions of modern democracy that have no more definite origin. Here we are speaking of institutions in the modern era, not antiquity or the middle ages; and institutions in large states, not city states.
  4. ^ The candidate is a person.
  5. ^ Modern elections tend to "universal suffrage".
  6. ^ a b Single-winner methods can generally be adapted to allow for write-in candidates. However typical electoral rules do not permit this, so we exclude write-in candidates from this generic design.
  7. ^ Without allowing for write-in candidates,6 single-winner methods are generally unsuitable for electing large bodies.
  8. ^ This is the purpose of a single-winner electoral system.
  9. ^ The purpose is to decide the election.
  10. ^ It is a traditional system, long established.
  11. ^ Once cast, the elector's vote cannot be altered.
  12. ^ Without allowing for write-in candidates,6 an elector's range of choice may be large but not unbounded.