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Any system of proportional representation in which voters choose among parties, rather than among candidates, and seats are awarded to the parties in proportion to the votes they have received. Many party‐list systems have supplementary provisions which enable voters to raise or lower particular candidates in their ranking (see panachage), but these schemes are generally little used. A party‐list system was introduced for British elections to the European Parliament in 1999.

Subjects: Politics.

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