Block Vote

A form of First Past the Post but with multiple winners

The Block Vote is a voting system used in multi-member constituencies where voters can elect more than one representative in each constituency.

Voters can cast as many votes as there are available seats and the candidates with the most votes win, even if they have not managed to secure a majority of the votes.

It is relatively simple for voters to understand.

It is very disproportional and enables the strongest party with a comfortable or narrow majority to take all the seats in the constituency

It encourages strong party organisation.

It encourages tactical voting. In order to avoid wasting votes on candidates who are certain to either win or lose, electors have an incentive to vote for candidates who have a realistic but not definite chance of winning.