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Description of 
"Voter/Party Choice" System

The Voter/Party-Choice system was devised by the Center for Voting and Democracy to provide for fairer representation while maintaining American traditions of voting for candidates. Here is how the system works.

Candidates are nominated in primaries from one-seat districts, just as they are now. After the primaries, districts are grouped into multi-seat districts of three members or five members.

In the general election, voters select one candidate. The vote is counted both to the candidate and the candidate's party. In a three-seat district, any candidate that receives just over 25% of votes is elected. In a five-seat district, any candidate that receives just over 16.67% of votes is elected.

If not all seats are filled, then votes are totaled for parties. Seats are allocated based on the party vote, and any parties who have not received their fair share is awarded one or more seats. A party's share of seats are filled with its most popular candidates.