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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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in single-member plurality system the level of seat allocation in one.
The plurality system which Canada uses serves to dissuade some from voting.
Supporters of first-past-the-post counter that almost half the world's population votes in single-member plurality systems, a claim made credible by the fact that the world's largest democracy, India, uses that system.
If it weren't for the plurality system, Abraham Lincoln might never have become president, Tabarrok says.
Plurality systems such as First Past The Post (FPTP), which is used in Malaysia, are one main category of election methods.
Under a single-member plurality system, this is enough to snatch the district from the Conservatives because voters, unable to determine which nonsocialist party has a better chance to defeat S, cannot coordinate on either or C1.
The only other similar referendum took place over two elections in New Zealand in 1992-1993, where voters ultimately voted to replace their winner-take-all plurality system with the German, mixed-member proportional system.
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.
In a plurality system, the one candidate with the most votes, not necessarily a majority, wins the single seat in the district.