first-past-the-post

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first-past-the-post

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) of or relating to a voting system in which a candidate may be elected by a simple majority rather than an absolute majority. Compare proportional representation
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In the United States, most public companies employ the plurality voting system.
Most public companies in the United States use a plurality voting system, under which shareholders must choose to either vote "for" a director or to "withhold" their vote.
The man demands the government tackle the unemployment problem in Latvia; he also suggests a plurality voting system be introduced, as well as for the current Saeima and government to resign.
Under the existing plurality voting system, a nominee is re-elected even if "withhold" votes far exceed "for" votes.
Given the Democratic Audit criteria, one might have expected our current plurality voting system to come in for some criticism.
The harmful effects of Saks' plurality voting system are exacerbated by the fact that Saks does not have a director resignation policy.
The Corporate Governance Guidelines fail to point out that under the plurality voting system, even if the holders of a majority of the shares express their disapproval of a board nominee by checking the "withhold" box on their proxy cards, the nominee can be elected with just one vote in favor of the nominee's election in an uncontested election.
When considering whether there is a need to modernize our electoral system, it is worth asking why there seems to be little enthusiasm elsewhere to adopt the most fundamental element of our election process, the plurality voting system.
The plurality voting system to pick the winner -- where you don't have to earn a majority of votes -- is the same system we use to elect the president of the United States.
This is how Australia elects their politicians, and since Survivor II will be set in Australia, it is entirely appropriate that the show evolve past its primitive plurality voting system to the Australian system: the Instant Runoff.
However, because all 48 of the companies had plurality voting systems, the directors were able to tender their resignations, yet remain on the boards when their resignations were not accepted.