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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The new law will lead to a wide representation of the participating segments, comparing with the plurality voting system, he said.
In the United States, most public companies employ the plurality voting system.
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.
Using New Zealand as her primary example, she points out that countries that have adopted some type of proportional representation system have higher voter turnouts compared to countries with a first-past-the-post or a single member plurality voting system.
Not surprisingly, they are eager to retain a traditional plurality voting system that has rewarded them large majority governments, with only 22 per cent of Ontarians actually voting them into office.
Given the Democratic Audit criteria, one might have expected our current plurality voting system to come in for some criticism.
Most American elections use a plurality voting system.
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.
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.
See STEARNS, CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS, supra note 137, at 45-46 (implying plurality voting systems undermine notion of majority rule); see also supra note 152 (observing many social choice scholars disfavor plurality voting systems and prefer Condorcet-producing voting regimes).