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Wasted votes

First Past the Post wastes our votes. In the 2010 elections over half of us might as well have stayed at home.

More than half (52.8%) the votes cast in 2010 were for losing candidates -  the highest proportion in a recent election.

In any electoral system, there are a certain number of votes that do not count towards electing a member of parliament – but in First Past the Post this is taken to extremes.

Percentage of votes wasted in the 2010 General Election



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