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Josef Stalin
"It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes
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Sartori
"the most specific manipulative instrument of politics"
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The Plant report
"a representative is a person whose characteristics and opinions reflect those of a wider class of people"
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John Adams
"Should be an exact portrait in miniature of the people at large, as it should think, feel, reason and act like them"
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Duverger
"the single - majority single - ballot system favours the two party system"
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James Cracknell
"A health democracy depends on people voting in a system that is simple and fair. The alternative vote is so complicated that it will put people off voting and if it allows people who come 3rd to win then it certainly isn't fair"
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Sir Austen Chamberlain
"no one is to have what he wants best but everybody is to have their second preference"
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Gallagher
"The discreet charm"
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IDEA
"One of the most attractive electoral systems"
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IDEA
"Clientelistic, complex"
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Hussey
"A time consuming and unproductive drudgery"
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Epstein
"It appears illogical to combine primaries intended to make legislators independent of a party with a parliamentary system that requires cohesive legislative parties on order to provide stable government"
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Counting women in report, sex and power 2014: Who runs Britain
"a child born today will be drawing her pension before she is equally represented in the westminster government - or has an equal chance of being elected to it"
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Gerrymandering created dysfunction in the capitol"
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Blanche Lincoln
"Voters must have faith in the electoral process for our democracy to succeed"
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The UK Ministry of Justice review of voting systems, Jan 08
"One of the main benefits of PR and in particular STV, is that voters have a greater degree of choice in elections and a greater chance of their vote counting in terms of who gets elected"
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Tom Stoppard
"It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting"
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Neil Harding
"This idea that there is a strong constituency link under the present system is fatuous. Most constituents know little or nothing about their MP"
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Chris Huhne
"This is not a representative assembly of this nation"
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David Cameron
"The current system is neither fair nor efficient"
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