Gold standard

The gold standard of electoral systems is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation using multi-member electoral districts. It enables voters to choose between candidates from the same party; and ensures a better match between the number of votes cast for a party and the number of seats won by that party. Features include:

For smaller representative bodies such as local government councils, the district magnitude can also be 3.


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