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Political Studies
POLS 110
Jonathan W Rose

Electoral Systems  Proportional system preferences satisfied based on portion of vote  Plurality creates a winner, one more than the second place candidate (greatest number of votes)  Majority 50% plus 1  Menu-driven theory your choices are limited for you Objectives  To explain different elements of electoral systems  To explain how these elements affect outcome  Electoral systems reflect values  Values= Elements + Outcome  Choices you make are a product of the ideas of what you want Menu Driven Theory of Electoral Systems  Preferences are shaped by choices that are put before us What are electoral systems?  The way we translate votes (or preferences) into seats (results) Elements of electoral systems  The ballot structure o How we make our preference o In our system, you can only make one choice o Choice on a ballot
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