A voting system in which the candidate with the most votes is elected whether or not that person has more than half the votes counted. This system is used in many countries including the UK, USA, NZ, and Canada.
the common term for the current electoral system in British Columbia. Voters choose one candidate in each electoral district, and the candidate with the most votes wins that district's seat.
Term used to describe the UK's parliamentary election system. It means a candidate only needs a simple majority - more votes than his or her rivals - to be elected.
A system of direct election by which members of Parliament win their seats by garnering a plurality of votes. The system is criticised by those who contend it locks out parties that win a significant percentage of the total vote but fall short of a plurality. Find out more about Types of Electoral Systems
(FPTP) - The simplest form of plurality-majority electoral system, - single-member districts, categorical ballot and candidate-centered voting. The winning candidate is the one who gains more votes than any other candidate, but not necessarily a majority of votes.
An electoral system where the candidate who receives the most votes in that constituency, wins.
Voting system used to elect the 73 MSPs from the single-member constituencies, where the candidate who obtains the largest number of votes (whether or not a majority of the votes cast) is elected.