Party List Voting Systems

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Party list voting systems are the most common form of proportional representation, with over 80 percent of the PR systems in the world using this voting method (Amy 2006). In Party List voting systems, each party puts up a list of candidates for each multi-member electoral district. Voters vote for a party, and the party receives seats in proportion to their overall share of the vote in the electoral district. Winning candidates are taken from the lists in order of their position on the lists. The list system can be further separated into open list or closed list systems. In the closed list system, the party fixes the order in which candidates are elected, and the voter simply casts a vote for a party as a whole. This is the case in Israel,
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