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Finland has proportional representation with closed lists, but the order on the lists is decided by voter preference.

So you vote for party X and candidate 7 on their list. This appears to give parties an incentive to include smaller movements - if one of their candidates is popular enough to grab a seat, it is probable that the party gained at least a seat by including them. Of course, it also means you might get some Big Brother-winners in parliament.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 01:50:07 PM EST
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It's the same system in Sweden, except that there are minimum vote limits so as to make it harder for voters to change the order the candidates are put in.

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by Starvid on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 02:11:20 PM EST
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And since the minimum vote limit is in percentage of votes the party gets, the larger the constituencies, the higher the limit.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 03:41:38 PM EST
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A really stupid rule, in my opinion, and glaringly obvious that the political parties try to steal away power that rightly should belong to the voters.

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by Starvid on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 04:14:08 PM EST
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Similar to the way in Australia the "simplified" Senate voting system is not voting parties in preference order rather than individual Senate Candidates ... but instead voting one party above the line, and then your preferences flow as directed by the party.


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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 11:09:09 PM EST
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