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Plurality

In an election with three or more choices, the choice that receives the most votes without attaining 50%. For example, in an election in which Candidate A receives 35% of the vote, Candidate B receives 20%, and Candidate C receives 45%, Candidate C wins with a plurality of the vote.
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The plurality system is the oldest used voting system but is becoming less common.
First, in almost all cases, the region's mixed-member systems are heavily weighted in favor of the district element of the system--making them operate more like straight plurality systems than mixed-member models elsewhere.
The single-member plurality system has another, less obvious advantage: it is hard for politicians to manipulate.
If it weren't for the plurality system, Abraham Lincoln might never have become president, Tabarrok says.
A 15 percent threshold is much lower than the approximately 37 to 50 percent currently needed for victory under the winner take all plurality system.
Majority voting gives our shareholders a greater voice in the election of directors and represents a more accountable alternative to the current plurality system commonly used in the United States," commented Jonathan J.
Mahmoud Badr, general coordinator for Tamarrod, said in the same press conference that the campaign is committed to a civil democratic constitution, and parliamentary elections following the single-member plurality system.
For example, we learned that it was the manner in which Lesotho's SMD plurality system advantaged the Lesotho Congress of Democrats (LCD) that led it to obtaining 79 of 80 available legislative seats in the 1998 election.
According to her, a balance between a plurality system and a proportional system would be much more effective.
s directors were previously elected using a plurality system whereby a candidate with the most votes could win regardless of the number of votes withheld.
In a plurality system, the one candidate with the most votes, not necessarily a majority, wins the single seat in the district.
Tabulations for the final balloting are made according to the plurality system - the winner is simply the nominee receiving the most votes.