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Description:  You (the election coordinator) choose the options to vote on. The voters then preferences these options in order from 1 to 'n' in order of priority (where 'n' is the total number of options available). A number 1 indicates the most prefered. This system can be used for when more than one option needs to be selected, eg: representatives to a council. A full description of how Proportional Representation works can be found in the help pages.

Commentary:  This is more or less a half way house between True Proportional Representation and the First Past the Post. There is an element of the "positive" and "negative" preferencing, but the degree of this is still incomplete. In a way, by being a compromise it tends to lack the integrity of both. It is less of a "positive" preference when compared to either First Past the Post and less of a "negative" preference when compared to Quota Preferential Proportional Representation. Interestingly I often find it is the system that most people would prefer to use. This may be because the rules are simple whilst seeming to offer more than the sledghammer approach of the First Past the Post System.

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Examples:  Say there are Five options being present to the voter. The voter is allowed to allocate up to 5 points. He decides to allocate 4 points to one option and 1 point to another. When all the alloted points are allocated for each voter the ballots are "Summed". The Highest tally wins.

Alternatively the a-priory decision is made that all voters must allocated a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice. The first choice is given (for example) 3 points, the second is allocated 2 points and the third is allocated 1 point. Again the amounts against each option are "summed" with the highest being the winner.

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