An electoral list is a grouping of candidates for election, usually in
proportional election systems, but also in some plurality election
systems. An electoral list can be registered by a political party or
can constitute a group of independent candidates. Lists can be open,
in which case electors have some influence over the ranking of the
winning candidates, or closed, in which case the order of candidates
is fixed at the registration of the list.
Electoral lists are required for party-list proportional
representation voting systems.
An electoral list (not to be confused with an electoral roll) is made
according to the applying nomination rules and election rules.
Depending on the type of election, a political party, a general
assembly, or a board meeting, may elect or appoint a nominating
committee that will add, and if required, prioritize list-candidates
according to their preferences. Qualification, popularity, gender,
age, geography, and occupation are preferences that may influence the
committee's work. The committee's proposed list may then be changed in
a selection meeting, where new candidates may be added, or existing
candidates may be moved or removed from the list. When the internal
process is over, the final list is made public and is printed on the
ballot paper used in the election.
Party-list proportional representation
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