Plurality-at-large voting

Plurality-At-Large Voting

Plurality-at-large voting

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Plurality-at-large voting is a majoritarian voting system for electing several representatives from a single multimember electoral district using a series of check boxes and tallying votes similar to a plurality election. Although multiple winners are elected simultaneously, block voting is not a system for obtaining proportional representation; instead, the usual result is that the largest single group wins every seat by electing a slate of candidates, resulting in a landslide.

Even if the term "at-large" describes elections for representative members of a governing body who are elected or appointed to represent the whole membership of the body, this system can be used by a country divided in some multi-member electoral districts, but in this last case the system is commonly referred to as block voting or the bloc vote.

This system is usually based on a single round of vote, but it can sometimes appear in a run-off version, as in some local elections in France, where candidates who do not receive an absolute majority must compete in a second round. Here it can be better called as majority-at-large voting.

As all other multi-member majoritarian voting systems, the block vote causes a total distortion of democratic principles, so it was gradually worldwide eliminated, and it generally remains in use solely in very small countries, where elections are non-partisan, or in nations with a non-free political life.

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