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Single Member Plurality System

An electoral system in which the candidate with the most votes wins, even though that win may not represent a majority of the votes.

(Stein, Michael. Class Lecture. PPG 1000 Governance and Institutions University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. 2007.)

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Under this system, the country or province is divided into a number of electoral districts (informally called ridings or constituencies), each of which has one representative that is elected by a plurality of votes. This system is also referred to as a "first-past-the-post" system, and is the electoral system that is used in Canada.

     

Single Member Plurality System

An electoral system in which the candidate with the most votes wins, even though that win may not represent a majority of the votes.

(Stein, Michael. Class Lecture. PPG 1000 Governance and Institutions University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. 2007.)

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Under this system, the country or province is divided into a number of electoral districts (informally called ridings or constituencies), each of which has one representative that is elected by a plurality of votes. This system is also referred to as a "first-past-the-post" system, and is the electoral system that is used in Canada.

Approved for glossaryposting by Ben Eisen on December 7, 2010


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