Additional Member System

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The Additional Member System is an electoral system used to produce a more proportional result than Plurality voting, also known as First Past The Post. It is sometimes referred as Mixed Member Proportional but these two electoral systems have different ways of allocating list seats. The term additional member system is almost only used in the United Kingdom but has been used to describe Italy's Electoral system from 1993 to 2005.

Method of voting & calculation[change | change source]

Method of voting[change | change source]

In the Additional Member System the voter has two votes ; one vote goes to an local representative or multiple representatives from a geographical electoral district. This is commonly referred as a constituency vote. The other vote goes to a political party. This is commonly referred as a list vote and is to represent the voter in a wider region.

Calculation[change | change source]

Firstly, the Constituency vote is counted: the votes are counted and the candidate with the most votes, even if the candidate did not reach a majority, wins the seat.

Next, each party's Member Score is calculated using a formula:

V = Party List Vote

S = Seat already won

Once the party's member score is calculated the list seats are given to each political party using the D'hondt formula.

Example[change | change source]

In this Hypothetical Example there is 100,000 voters and there are: 3 political Parties, 10 total Seats (6 constituency seats and 4 list seats).

Party Constituency Party List Total

Seats

Total Seat

Share

Votes Vote

Share

Seats Votes Vote

Share

Seats
Party X 43,000 43% 4 45,000 45% 1 5 50%
Party Y 36,000 36% 2 36,000 36% 1 3 30%
Party Z 21,000 21% 0 19,000 19% 2 2 20%

List seats calculation[change | change source]

Party Votes Member

Score

/1 /2 /3 /4 Seats

Allocated

Party X 45,000 9,000 9,000 4,500 3,000 2,250 1
Party Y 36,000 1,200 12,000 6,000 4,000 3,000 1
Party z 19,000 19,000 19,000 9,500 6,333 4,750 2

Current usage[change | change source]

Italian electoral system[change | change source]

Mattarellum[change | change source]

Italy's Parliament used from 1993 to 2005 used a system which was sometimes called the additional member system but was known as Mattarellum, it had 75% of seats allocated using Plurality voting and 25% of seats used to create a proportional legislature. It had a complex system to allocate proportional seats which was called Scorporo.

Rosatellum[change | change source]

Rosatellum, officially known as the Italian Electoral Law of 2017, Is an additional member system with 36% of seats allocated using Plurality Voting and 64% of seats used to create a proportional legislature. The new electoral law was supported by the current government's Democratic Party and the coalition partner Popular Alternative, but also by the opposition parties Forza Italia, Lega Nord and Liberal Popular Alliance. However, two parties (the Five Star Movement and the Democratic and Progressive Movement) did not support the new electoral system. The electoral law was approved on the 12th October by the Chamber of Deputies with 375 votes in favor and 215 against and on 26 October by the Senate with 214 votes against 61.

References[change | change source]

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