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JSPES, 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”.