The electoral system Israel should have

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September 16, 2013 14:47

'Open-list’ systems combine proportional representation with voter say over individual candidates.




Counting ballots of soldiers and absentees, January 24, 2013.

Counting ballots 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Last week, I argued that Israel needs a new electoral system, but shouldn’t adopt the Anglo-American one. Instead, it should retain a fully proportional system while also giving voters a say over individual candidates – a system known as open-list proportional representation. Most European countries already use some version of this system, which has numerous variants. While the precise variant that would best suit Israel requires further study, there are two basic options: letting voters choose either single candidates or multiple candidates.

In multiple-candidate systems, each ballot, instead of merely bearing the party’s name, lists the party’s candidates. Voters then select some number of those candidates (in some systems, as many as there are seats in parliament).

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