Plurality Systems

Candidates win seats by having the highest number(s) of votes in their district.

Examples of Plurality Electoral Systems

First Past The Post

This is the system we currently use.

How It Works:
There are 19 electoral districts, each of which elect only one candidate.

How You Vote:
You vote for a single candidate in your district.

The candidate with the highest number of votes wins that district.

Things to Consider:
Electoral districts have direct, local representation - the candidates they vote for live in their district.

Candidates can win with a minority of votes from their constituency, meaning parties may be disproportionately represented compared to the popular vote.

Block Vote

How It Works:
There are fewer, or possibly only one, electoral districts, within which multiple candidates are elected.

How You Vote:
You vote for multiple candidates, up to the number of designated seats in your district.

The candidates with the highest number of votes win the district and fill that designated number of seats.

This system is similar to Yukon municipal elections, except that territorial candidates are associated with political parties.

Things to Consider:
As there may be as few as one electoral district, the elected candidates may not accurately represent the variety of communities and populations of the Yukon.

Candidates run "at large", meaning they are not only in competition with candidates from other parties, but also their own party. This can result in disproportionate representation of parties compared to the popular vote.

Example:
In an electoral district with three seats, Candidate A (Party A) receives 20 000 votes, the most of any candidate.

Candidates B through G (Party A) split the vote, each receiving less than 400 votes.

This means that if a candidate from Party B and Party C's each receive 401 votes, Party A would end up with only one seat, despite having a plurality or majority of the popular vote.

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