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Voting experts unanimously reject First Past the Post

votingAt a recent Voting Power in Practice annual workshop organised by the Voting Power and Procedures (VPP) research programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 22 voting theory specialists voted to select the "best voting procedure" to elect one out of three or more candidates.

Each voter chose from a list of 18 nominated voting procedures as many as she/he approved of. From a possible maximum of 22 votes, First Past The Post (FPTP)­ –­ also known as Plurality Voting – received no votes. Approval Voting won the contest with 15 votes. The Alternative Vote (AV) took second place with 10 votes.

For a detailed analysis of the vote, download at http://www.lse.ac.uk/vpp "And the loser is... Plurality Voting", a draft of the paper to be published by Springer in the forthcoming book of the VPP workshop proceedings.

The UK referendum on 5 May was an important consideration in the choice of the VPP workshop topic, Assessing Alternative Voting Procedures. Its focus on single member constituency systems parallels the single member district system in use in the UK for elections to the House of Commons since 1950.

Download proceedings and papers presented at the workshop.


For further information during the Easter break, contact:

Rudolf Fara, r.fara@lse.ac.uk

Moshé Machover, moshe.machover@kcl.ac.uk

Dennis Leech, d.leech@warwick.ac.uk

21 April 2011