approval voting

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An electoral system in which voters may cast up to as many votes as there are candidates, but may not cast more than one vote for one candidate (which would be cumulative voting). The effect is that each voter may partition the list of candidates into two classes: ‘those I approve of’ and ‘those I do not approve of’. Approval voting has influential academic support in the United States and is used in some society and local elections there. It produces better results than other unranked voting systems (such as first‐past‐the‐post) but uses less information than some systems which ask voters to rank‐order the candidates (such as single transferable vote).

Subjects: Politics.

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