Vol. 38, No. 3 (Fall 2013)
pp. 317 –345
The Case for Mixed Single Vote Electoral Systems
Grigorii V. Golosov
European University at St. Petersburg, Russia
There is an extensive literature about comparative electoral
systems. This article is highly instructive, especially for a newcomer
to the subject, by reviewing the several alternative systems. It goes
beyond that review to analyze the pro’s and con’s of the alternatives,
and to give a history of the systems’ used in a variety of countries.
The author expresses his own recommendations, seeing particular
merit in “mixed single-vote” systems. Further, he proposes a new
vote linkage method of seat allocation under such voting rules. He
says the new method secures a high degree of proportionality while
solving a problem known as “overhang seats”.