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  • Short Response Questions (5-6 minutes)
    • What is an election?
      • The election of representatives to a legislature from constituencies throughout the country
      • In 2015, the Conservatives won the election with 331 seats
    • Define wasted votes
      • A wasted vote is any vote which is not for an elected candidate or a vote that does not go to an elected candidate
      • More than half (52.8%) the votes cast in 2010 didn't help an MP go to Westminster
    • What is dealignment?
      • A trend or process where a large portion of the electorate abandons its previous partisan affiliation without developing a new one to replace it
      • Some people believe that 2008 possibly is a realigning election with a long lasting impact
    • Define proportional representation
      • It is any electoral system that apportions seats in the legislature in close proportion to the popular vote cast for each party e.g. 20% of votes=20% of seats
      • A more proportional system would give minority parties and independant candidates a better chance of getting into parliament
    • Define tactical voting
      • It occurs in elections with two or more candidates, when a voter supports another candidate more strongly than his or her sincere preference in order to prevent an undesirable outcome
      • When supporters from minor party candidate vote for their favourite major party candidate, based on the impression that the minor party candidate is unlikely to win

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