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What is proportional representation?

Proportional representation (PR) is a principle that says the percentage of seats a party has in the legislature should reflect the percentage of people who voted for that party. If a party gets 40% of the vote, they should get 40% of the seats.

Under our non-proportional voting system, a party can win a majority of seats and all the power with far less than half the popular vote. Proportional representation ensures that majority governments have an actual majority of the voters behind them.

Under our non-proportional voting system, in most elections, most voters don’t elect anyone to represent them. They don’t affect the election at all. Their votes are “wasted”. This is what leads to distorted results.

With proportional representation, almost every vote helps elect an MP. Almost everyone is represented.

With proportional representation, almost all voters are represented. Every law passed will have the support of MPs representing a real majority of voters. That means better policy decisions for everyone.

LEARN MORE:

LEARN THE MECHANICS OF OUR NON-PROPORTIONAL VOTING SYSTEM, FIRST-PAST-THE-POST

FIVE REASONS FIRST-PAST-THE-POST MUST GO

LEARN HOW PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO DEMOCRACY, ECONOMY, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND MORE

LEARN HOW PROPORTIONAL MODELS WORK

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