The Info List - First Past The Post

A first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting method is one in which voters indicate on a ballot the candidate of their choice, and the candidate who receives the most votes wins: this is described as winner takes all. First-past-the-post voting
First-past-the-post voting
is a plurality voting method. FPTP is a common, but not universal, feature of electoral systems with single-member electoral divisions, and is practiced in close to one third of countries. Notable examples include Canada, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the United States, as well as most of their current or former colonies and protectorates.


1 Overview 2 Illustration 3 Effects 4 Benefits 5 Criticisms

5.1 Tactical voting 5.2 Effect on political parties 5.3 Wasted votes 5.4 Gerrymandering 5.5 Manipulation charges 5.6 Smaller parties may reduce the success of the largest similar party 5.7 Safe seats 5.8 Distorted geographical representation 5.9 Impact on party policy and campaigning

6 Voting method
Voting method

6.1 Majority criterion 6.2 Condorcet winner criterion 6.3 Condorcet loser criterion 6.4 Independence of irrelevant alternatives criterion 6.5 Independence of clones criterion

7 List of current FPTP countries 8 List of former FPTP countries 9 Other uses 10 See also 11 References 12 External links


Countries that still use a first-past-the-post voting system

First-past-the-post voting
First-past-the-post voting
methods can be used for single- and multiple-member electoral divisions. In a single-member election, the candidate with the highest number (but not necessarily a majority) of votes is elected. In a multiple-member election (or multiple-selection ballot), each voter casts (up to) the same number of votes as there are positions to be filled, and those elected are the highest-placed candidates corresponding to that number of positions. For example, if there are three vacancies, then the three candidates with the greatest numbers of votes are elected. The Electoral Reform Society
Electoral Reform Society
is a political pressure group based in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
that advocates abolishing the first-past-the-post method (FPTP) for all elections. It argues FPTP is "bad for voters, bad for government and bad for democracy". It is the oldest organisation concerned with electoral methods in the world.[1] As of 2014[update], all U.S. states other than Maine and Nebraska use a winner-take-all form of simple plurality, first-past-the-post voting, to appoint the electors of the Electoral College. Under the typical method, the presidential candidate gaining the greatest number of votes wins all of the state's available electors, regardless of the number or share of votes won, or the difference separating the leading candidate and the first runner-up.[2] The multiple-round election ("runoff") voting method uses first-past-the-post voting method in each of two rounds. The first round determines which candidates will progress to the second and final round. Illustration[edit] Under a first-past-the-post voting method, the highest polling candidate is elected. In this real-life illustration from 2011, Tony Tan obtained a greater number of votes than the other candidates. Therefore, he was declared the winner, despite the second-placed candidate having an inferior margin of 0.35%, and that a majority of voters (64.8%) did not vote for him:

e • d Summary of the 27 August 2011 Singaporean presidential election results[3][4][5]

Candidate Symbol Results

Votes % of valid votes

Tony Tan

745,693 35.20


Tan Cheng Bock

738,311 34.85


Tan Jee Say

530,441 25.04


Tan Kin Lian
Tan Kin Lian
(Loses deposit)

104,095 4.91


Valid votes 2,118,540 98.24% of total votes cast

Rejected votes 37,849 1.76% of total votes cast

Total votes cast 2,156,389 Voter turnout: 94.8% of electorate

Absent 118,384

Electorate 2,274,773

Effects[edit] The effect of a system based on plurality voting is that the larger parties, and parties with geographically concentrated support, gain a disproportionately large share of seats, while smaller parties with more evenly distributed support are left with a disproportionately small share. It is more likely that a single party will hold a majority of legislative seats. In the United Kingdom, 18 of the 23 general elections since 1922 have produced a single-party majority government. For example, the 2005 United Kingdom
United Kingdom
general election results in Great Britain were as follows:

e • d Summary of the 5 May 2005 House of Commons of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
election results (parties with more than one seat; not incl. N. Ireland)

Seats Parties with over one seat, for Great Britain only Seats % Votes % Votes

Labour Party 355 56.5 36.1 9,552,436

Conservative Party 198 31.5 33.2 8,782,192

Liberal Democrats 62 9.9 22.6 5,985,454

Scottish National Party 6 1.0 1.6 412,267

Plaid Cymru 3 0.5 0.7 174,838

Others 4 0.6 5.7 1,523,716



In this example, Labour took a majority of the seats with only 36% of the vote. The largest two parties took 69% of the vote and 88% of the seats. In contrast, the Liberal Democrats took more than 20% of the vote but only about 10% of the seats. Another example would be the UK General Election
held on 7 May 2015:

Party Votes Seats Votes per Seat

Conservative Party

11,334,920 (36.8%)

331 (50.9%)

331 / 650


Labour Party

9,344,328 (30.4%)

232 (35.7%)

232 / 650


UK Independence Party

3,881,129 (12.6%)

1 (0.2%)

1 / 650


Liberal Democrats

2,415,888 (7.9%)

8 (1.2%)

8 / 650


Scottish National Party

1,454,436 (4.7%)

56 (8.6%)

56 / 650


Green Party

1,154,562 (3.8%)

1 (0.2%)

1 / 650


Democratic Unionist Party

184,260 (0.6%)

8 (1.2%)

8 / 650


Plaid Cymru


3 (0.5%)

3 / 650


Sinn Féin

176,232 (0.6%)

4 (0.6%)

4 / 650


Ulster Unionist Party

114,935 (0.4%)

2 (0.3%)

2 / 650


Social Democratic & Labour Party

99,809 (0.3%)

3 (0.5%)

3 / 650


Here, the Conservatives took 51% of the seats with only 37% of the vote. Of the smaller parties, the SNP received a greater share of seats than votes, whereas UKIP and the Liberal Democrats gained very little representation compared to the share of the vote they received. Benefits[edit] The benefits of FPTP are that its concept is easy to understand, and ballots can more easily be counted and processed than in preferential voting systems. Supporters argue that it is the electoral method that provides the best governance, trading fairness in representation for more responsible government. Its tendency to produce majority rule allows a government to pursue a consistent strategy for its term in office and to make decisions that may be both correct and unpopular.[6] Tony Blair, defending FPTP, argued that other systems give small parties the balance of power, and influence disproportionate to their votes.[7] Allowing people into the UK parliament who did not finish first in their constituency was described by David Cameron
David Cameron
as creating a "Parliament full of second-choices who no one really wanted but didn't really object to either."[8] Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
criticised the electoral outcomes of the alternative vote as "determined by the most worthless votes given for the most worthless candidates."[9] Supporters also argue that electoral systems using proportional representation (PR) often enable smaller parties to become decisive in Parliament, thus gaining a power of leverage against the Government. FPTP generally reduces this likelihood, except where parties have a strong regional basis.[10][11] Criticisms[edit] Tactical voting[edit] To a greater extent than many others, the first-past-the-post method encourages tactical voting. Voters have an incentive to vote for a candidate whom they predict is more likely to win, in preference to their preferred candidate who may be unlikely to win and for whom a vote could be considered as wasted. The position is sometimes summarised, in an extreme form, as "all votes for anyone other than the runner-up are votes for the winner."[citation needed] This is because votes for these other candidates deny potential support from the second-placed candidate, who might otherwise have won. Following the extremely close 2000 U.S. presidential election, some supporters of Democratic candidate Al Gore believed that one reason he lost to Republican George W. Bush
George W. Bush
is because a portion of the electorate (2.7%) voted for Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader
of the Green Party, and exit polls indicated that more of them would have preferred Gore (45%) to Bush (27%).[12] This election was ultimately determined by the results from Florida, where Bush prevailed over Gore by a margin of only 537 votes (0.009%), which was far exceeded by the 97488 (1.635%) votes for Nader. In Puerto Rico, there has been a tendency for Independentista voters to support Populares candidates. This phenomenon is responsible for some Popular victories, even though the Estadistas have the most voters on the island, and is so widely recognised that Puerto Ricans sometimes call the Independentistas who vote for the Populares "melons", because that fruit is green on the outside but red on the inside (in reference to the party colors). Because voters have to predict in advance who the top two candidates will be, results can be significantly distorted:

Some voters will vote based on their view of how others will vote as well, changing their originally intended vote; Substantial power is given to the media, because some voters will believe its assertions as to who the leading contenders are likely to be. Even voters who distrust the media will know that others do believe the media, and therefore those candidates who receive the most media attention will probably be the most popular; A new candidate with no track record, who might otherwise be supported by the majority of voters, may be considered unlikely to be one of the top two, and thus lose votes to tactical voting; The method may promote votes against as opposed to votes for. For example, in the UK, entire campaigns have been organised with the aim of voting against the Conservative Party by voting either Labour or Liberal Democrat, depending on which is seen as best placed to win in each locality. Such behaviour is difficult to measure objectively.

Proponents of other voting methods in single-member districts argue that these would reduce the need for tactical voting and reduce the spoiler effect. Examples include preferential voting systems, such as instant runoff voting, as well as the two-round system of runoffs and less tested methods such as approval voting and Condorcet methods. Effect on political parties[edit]

A graph showing the difference between the popular vote (inner circle) and the number of seats won by major political parties (outer circle) at the 2015 United Kingdom
United Kingdom
general election

Duverger's law is an idea in political science which says that constituencies that use first-past-the-post methods will lead to two-party systems, given enough time. Economist Jeffrey Sachs explains:

The main reason for America's majoritarian character is the electoral system for Congress. Members of Congress are elected in single-member districts according to the "first-past-the-post" (FPTP) principle, meaning that the candidate with the plurality of votes is the winner of the congressional seat. The losing party or parties win no representation at all. The first-past-the-post election tends to produce a small number of major parties, perhaps just two, a principle known in political science as Duverger's Law. Smaller parties are trampled in first-past-the-post elections. — from Sachs's The Price of Civilization, 2011[13]

Duverger's law is rarely seen in reality, with most first-past-the-post elections resulting in multiparty legislatures, the United States
United States
being the major exception.[14][15] There is a counter-force to Duverger's Law, that while on the national level a plurality system may encourage two parties, in the individual constituencies supermajorities will lead to the vote fracturing.[16] Wasted votes[edit] Wasted votes are seen as those cast for losing candidates, and for winning candidates in excess of the number required for victory. For example, in the UK general election of 2005, 52% of votes were cast for losing candidates and 18% were excess votes – a total of 70% 'wasted' votes. On this basis a large majority of votes may play no part in determining the outcome. This "winner-takes-all" system may be one of the reasons why "voter participation tends to be lower in countries with FPTP than elsewhere."[17] Gerrymandering[edit] Main article: Gerrymandering Because FPTP permits many wasted votes, an election under FPTP is more easily gerrymandered. Through gerrymandering, electoral areas are designed deliberately to unfairly increase the number of seats won by one party, by redrawing the map such that one party has a small number of districts in which it has an overwhelming majority of votes, and a large number of districts where it is at a smaller disadvantage. Manipulation charges[edit] The presence of spoilers often gives rise to suspicions that manipulation of the slate has taken place. A spoiler may have received incentives to run. A spoiler may also drop out at the last moment, inducing charges that such an act was intended from the beginning. Smaller parties may reduce the success of the largest similar party[edit] Under first-past-the-post, a small party may draw votes away from a larger party that it is most similar to, and therefore give an advantage to another less similar large party. Safe seats[edit] First-past-the-post within geographical areas tends to deliver (particularly to larger parties) a significant number of safe seats, where a representative is sheltered from any but the most dramatic change in voting behaviour. In the UK the Electoral Reform Society estimates that more than half the seats can be considered as safe.[18] It has been claimed that MPs involved in the 2009 expenses scandal were significantly more likely to hold a safe seat.[19][20] However, other voting systems, notably the part-list system, can also create politicians who are relatively immune from electoral pressure. Distorted geographical representation[edit] The 'winner-takes-all' nature of FPTP leads to distorted patterns of representation, since party support is commonly correlated with geography. For example, in the UK the Conservative Party represents most of the rural seats, and most of the south of the country, and the Labour Party most of the cities, and most of the north. This means that even popular parties can find themselves without elected politicians in significant parts of the country, leaving their supporters (who may nevertheless be a significant minority) unrepresented.[21] Impact on party policy and campaigning[edit] It has been suggested that the distortions in geographical representation provide incentives for parties to ignore the interests of areas in which they are too weak to stand much chance of gaining representation, leading to governments that do not govern in the national interest. Further, during election campaigns the campaigning activity of parties tends to focus on 'marginal' seats where there is a prospect of a change in representation, leaving safer areas excluded from participation in an active campaign.[22] Political parties operate 'targeting', directing their activists and policy proposals toward those areas considered to be marginal, where each additional vote has more value.[23][24] Voting method
Voting method
criteria[edit] Scholars rate voting methods using mathematically derived voting method criteria, which describe desirable features of a method. No ranked preference method can meet all of the criteria, because some of them are mutually exclusive, as shown by results such as Arrow's impossibility theorem and the Gibbard–Satterthwaite theorem.[25] Majority criterion[edit] Y The majority criterion states that "if one candidate is preferred by a majority (more than 50%) of voters, then that candidate must win".[26] First-past-the-post meets this criterion (though not the converse: a candidate does not need 50% of the votes in order to win). Although the criterion is met for each constituency vote, it is not met when adding up the total votes for a winning party in a parliament. Condorcet winner criterion[edit] N[27] The Condorcet winner criterion states that "if a candidate would win a head-to-head competition against every other candidate, then that candidate must win the overall election". First-past-the-post does not[27] meet this criterion. Condorcet loser criterion[edit] N[27] The Condorcet loser criterion
Condorcet loser criterion
states that "if a candidate would lose a head-to-head competition against every other candidate, then that candidate must not win the overall election". First-past-the-post does not[27] meet this criterion. Independence of irrelevant alternatives criterion[edit] N The independence of irrelevant alternatives criterion states that "the election outcome remains the same even if a candidate who cannot win decides to run." First-past-the-post does not meet this criterion. Independence of clones criterion[edit] N The independence of clones criterion states that "the election outcome remains the same even if an identical candidate who is equally-preferred decides to run." First-past-the-post does not meet this criterion. List of current FPTP countries[edit] The following is a list of the countries currently following the first-past-the-post voting system.[28][29]

Antigua and Barbuda Azerbaijan Bahamas Barbados Bangladesh Belize Bermuda Botswana Brazil
(Federal Senate) Canada Cayman Islands Cote d'Ivoire Cook Islands Dominica Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Grenada India Indonesia Jamaica Kenya Kuwait Lao People's Democratic Republic Saint Lucia Liberia Marshall Islands Maldives Malawi Malaysia Mexico Micronesia Myanmar (Burma) Nigeria Niue Oman Pakistan Palau Philippines Poland
(since 2011 Senate of Poland
is elected using FPTP [30][31]) Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa Seychelles Singapore Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Swaziland Tanzania Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu Uganda United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(but excluding its devolved parliaments or assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) United States
United States
(California, Georgia, Louisiana, and the state of Washington use a two-round system for non-presidential elections, and Maine is planned to use a ranked choice voting system for non-presidential elections starting in 2018[32]) Virgin Islands Yemen Zambia

List of former FPTP countries[edit] This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

(The Chamber of Deputies uses Party list PR. Only twice used FPTP, first between 1902 and 1905 only used in the elections of 1904,[33] and the second time between 1951 and 1957 only used in the elections of 1951 and 1954.[34]) Australia
(replaced by IRV in 1918) Belgium
(adopted in 1831, replaced by Party list PR in 1899)[35] Cyprus
(replaced by proportional representation in 1981) Denmark
(replaced by proportional representation in 1920) Hong Kong
Hong Kong
(adopted in 1995, replaced by List PR in 1998) Lebanon
(replaced by proportional representation in June 2017) Lesotho
(replaced by MMP Party list in 2002) Malta
(replaced by STV in 1921) Nepal
(replaced by a mix of Party list and FPTP)[36] Netherlands
(replaced by Party list PR in 1917)[37] New Zealand
New Zealand
(replaced by MMP in 1996) Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
(replaced by IRV in 2002)[38] Scotland
(replaced by MMP in 1999)[39] South Africa
South Africa
(replaced by Party list PR in 1996)

Other uses[edit] The Bahá'í Faith
Bahá'í Faith
uses a form of multiple-member first-past-the-post voting among adult members to elect its governing councils at local, national, and international levels. Campaigning is prohibited. See also[edit]


Cube rule Deviation from proportionality Plurality-at-large voting Approval Voting Single non-transferable vote Single transferable vote


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External links[edit]

A handbook of Electoral System Design from International IDEA ACE Project: What is the electoral system for Chamber 1 of the national legislature? ACE Project: First Past The Post – Detailed explanation of first-past-the-post voting ACE Project: Experiments with moving away from FPTP in the UK ACE Project: Electing a President using FPTP ACE Project: FPTP on a grand scale in India The Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform says the new proportional electoral system it proposes for British Columbia will improve the practice of democracy in the province. Fact Sheets on Electoral Systems provided to members of the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform, British Columbia. The Problem With First-Past-The-Post Electing (data from UK general election 2005) The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained (video) on YouTube

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Alternative Vote referendum, 2011


Referendum question

"At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead?"


Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011


For a "Yes" vote

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Christian Party Christian Peoples Alliance English Democrats Green Party of England and Wales Liberal Democrats Liberal Party Mebyon Kernow Pirate Party UK Plaid Cymru Scottish Green Party Scottish National Party SDLP Sinn Féin UKIP Libertarian Party


Labour Party Socialist Party of Great Britain Official Monster Raving Loony Party

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Advocacy groups

Advocating a "Yes" vote

YES! To Fairer Votes

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