Switzerland's Refined Proportional Representation System

Though the refined proportional election system used in Switzerland may look a little bit complicated at first sight, long-term experience shows that voters are able to express their political will quite precisely using this system and there is no higher degree of invalid ballots than in other election systems. The Swiss system combines the advantages of both the proportional and the majority election system while avoiding their major shortcomings. In most cases those candidates that really convince the electorate have will get elected, while in other systems, even in the majority election system, internal party considerations have more influence.

Proportional Representation - Hansard Online

In PR systems there are no wasted votes in elections. As a result, there is a far greater degree of proportionality; the number of seats more accurately reflects the number of votes cast for each party.


Benefits of PR - Proportional Representation Foundation

Other proportional election systems are based on a simple "choose yourpreferred party and put their list into the box" principle, parties areallocated a number seats and individual members of parliament are assigned according to the position they have on the list. While these systems are easyto understand, they have a serious drawback: they don't allow voters tochoose what kind of personalities are going to represent them.


Voting Systems: Majority Election vs

From the result of our example election we see clearly that the Swiss systempreserves both the obvious advantages of the proportional election system and the advantages of the majority election system: There is a proportional representation of a reasonable number of parties (not just two), nevertheless the most convincing candidates do have a fair chance to be elected even if their party chooses not place them on top of their list.