Monday, February 15, 2016

Best Methods for Electing a Group of People

In our previous post, we provided our recommendations for the best voting methods to use when electing a single person.  In this follow-up post, we give our recommendations for electing a group of people.

Proportional or Majoritarian Representation?

The first thing to decide is whether you want proportional representation or majoritarian representation.  Proportional representation means, in a nutshell, that the demographics of the elected group should be similar to the demographics of the voters.  For example, under proportional representation, 50% of elected bodies would be women and parties and ethnic minorities would be represented according to their support among voters.