Little differences, big effects: An example of the importance of choice of method for transferring surplus votes in PR-STV voting systems

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Abstract

Two popular methods of transferring the surplus ballot papers of candidates in a number of Australian jurisdictions which use PR-STV are the original Gregory method and the inclusive Gregory method. This article investigates the implications of the different forms of the Gregory method for the selection of candidates through an examination of the Western Australian State Legislative Council elections held in 2001. It demonstrates that when the contest between candidates is close, the two variants of the Gregory method can have important implications for the election of candidates and, by extension, the composition and dynamics of a legislature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalRepresentation: journal of representative democracy
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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