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by The Most Serene Republic of Mzeusia. . 11 reads.

The modern electoral system

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The Mzeusian electoral system is quite easy to understand.

There are three parties and three-hundred and thirty people in Parliament, excluding the speaker of the house. The Speaker of the House is chosen by the Prime Minister but they serve no other role but keeping order so party affiliation does not play a part in what they do.

Each county will, at the end of the voting, send ten representatives to parliament.

Firstly, parties will put forward ten people from their party in each county so in total they have three hundred and thirty people that could theoretically go to parliament.

The voting booths have three lists, one for each party. The public score the candidates from whichever party they want to vote for out of ten with one being the highest score. The scores are recorded with whoever has the lowest score being the most popular and whoever has the highest score being the least popular.

Then the overall percentage of votes for a party across a county is worked out. Remember that each county sends ten representatives to Parliament.

If party A gets fifty percent of the vote overall, they will fill five of the ten positions with members of their party.
If party B gets thirty percent of the vote overall, they will fill three positions with members of their party.
This would mean that party C got twenty percent of the vote and they would fill two positions with members of their party.

The overall percentage of votes may not be easy to calculate so it is rounded up or down to the nearest ten to decide which party gets the seat.

This means that there are 10 people from each county, thirty-three counties and one speaker of the house which puts the total number of representatives in parliament at three-hundred and thirty-one.