What is Single Transferable Vote?

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

Image: Pulse Media
Image: Electoral Reform Society
Image: Electoral Reform Society

STV is arguably the most complicated of all the electoral systems we’ll be discussing. In short, it’s like Alternative Vote for multi-member constituencies.

Image: Pulse Media
Image: Pulse Media

With STV, as a proportional system, STV would give a non-majority result to the House of Commons, which can be seen below. Widely speaking, however, the party with the most votes gets around 40% of the seats in Parliament.

The system itself is fairly difficult to explain as each candidate has a quota of votes to meet to be elected, and the excess votes, and those for eliminated candidates, get transferred to other preferences.

This CGP Grey video is the easiest way to explain it:

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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