POLYAS Election Glossary

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List Elections

In a list election, all the candidates on a list are being elected. In contrast to direct elections, the voter casts their vote for a complete candidate list. Often there are several election lists and the voters cast their vote either to an entire list in a fixed list election, or to single candidates across different lists in free list elections.

In a fixed list, the list of candidates is predetermined and the voters can cast their vote only to the entire election proposal. In contrast, the free list allows voters to choose candidates directly and that way to improve their rank on the election list. The counting of votes in a list elections is done in the same way as with proportional elections. 

See also: Proportional Vote, Majority Vote

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