What are voting systems?

Voting systems are the way we elect our politicians. The type of system we use decides whether our government truly represent us and whether we can hold them to account if they let us down.

In Britain today there are several voting systems currently used in different levels of government, and each one has radically different implications for voters, for parties, for Parliament and for government.

Some electoral systems are good at making the numbers of MPs be in proportion to the votes cast, some at linking MPs to constituencies and some give voters more choice over who is elected.