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Name the 5 main voting systems
FPTP, STV, SV, PL, AMS
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What are the possitives of FPTP?
MP/Constituency link, Stable government (normally)
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What are the negatives of FPTP?
Not proportional, Sometimes doesn't deliver a stable government, Little voter choice - forces people to tactically vote
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What are the possitives of STV?
Multi-member constituency ay be a good MP/constituency link, Proportional, good voter choice
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What are the negatives of STV?
May not be a good MP/constituency link, too many small parties - unstable government
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What are the possitives of SV?
Good MP/constituency link, semi-proportional, good voter choice + no wasted votes
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What are the negitives of SV?
Only semi-proportional, not a very stable government
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What are the possives of PL?
Proportional, good voter choice
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What are the negitives of PL?
Bad MP/constiuency link, unstable government
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What are the possitives of AMS?
Ok MP/constituency link, semi-proportional, stable government, ok voter choice
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What are the negitives of AMS?
not very good MP/constituency link, only semi-proportional, voters still have to tactically vote in the FPTP part
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How many constituencies are there in the UK?
650
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Give an example of FTPT being disproportional:
In 1951 Atlee one 200,000 more votes that Churchill but Churchill became PM with 26 seats more than Atlee
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What was the Highest ever turn out in a UK general election?
83% in 1951
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What was the Jenkins Commision?
Roy Jenkins was asked to investigate what voting system was best - Jenkins found the best system was AV+
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What were the Jenkins commisions requirements?
*Proportionality *Stable government *Voter choice *MP/Consituency link
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Where is AMS used?
Welsh assembly, Scottish parliament, London assembly
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What IS AMS?
Hybrid System combines FPTP and PL, you have 2 votes - the PL vote tops up the FPTP vote
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Where is PL used?
EU parliament
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What IS PL?
VERY Proportional!! In the south east we have 10 MEP's the parties submit a list of 10 names and they win seats on %. Last election Ukip 4 seats (40%) tories 3 seats (30%) Green, labour + LibDem 1 seat each (10% each) 2014
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Whats a By-election?
A single constituency election, if a MP resigns or dies ect...
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Where is SV used?
elections for the London Mayor
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