Block Vote

The Block Vote
All about the Block Vote, how it works and the pros and cons of the system

Block Vote

Block Vote, also known as Multiple Non-Transferable Vote

Where is Block Vote used?

• London borough elections.
• Some county, Welsh unitary, English unitary and most English shire district authority elections.
• Local elections in Hungary and Slovenia.
• Polish local and senatorial elections
• Slovakian local and regional elections.
• National assembly elections in Lebanon and Mauritius,
• Senatorial elections in the Philippines.

How does Block Vote work?

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.

 

Pros and Cons of the Block Vote

The case for

The arguments against

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.

 

Voting Systems

Proportional Representation Mixed Systems Majoritarian Systems
More representative as seats are distributed according to vote share. Combines the features of majoritarian-style systems and Proportional Representation. Systems that are highly disproportional.
Single Transferable Vote Additional Member System First Past the Post
Party List PR Alternative Vote Plus Alternative Vote
    Borda Count
    Block Vote
    Limited Vote
    Supplementary Vote
    Two-Round System