Proportional Representation (PR)
- How it used to be...
- ...and the solution we use now.
- Who Uses Proportional Representation?
- How does the system work?
How it used to be...
ASUCD Senate elections didn't always represent the range of diversity on campus. That's why the old plurality system was known as a "winner-take-all" system.
For instance, in the Winter 2001 ASUCD Elections, LEAD won 6 out of 6 seats (100%), even though each LEAD candidate was supported by an average of just 43% of the voters. Student Action and Students 4 Students won no seats, even though both represented a large fraction of students. (supporting data)
In the Fall 2001 ASUCD Elections, UNITE won 5 out of 6 seats (83%), even though each UNITE candidate was supported by an average of just 30% of the voters. Aggie and People's Collective won no seats, even though each of their candidates averaged 21% voter support. (supporting data)
In both cases, a large fraction of the student body went unrepresented: up to 57% in Winter 2001 and as much as 70% in Fall 2001.
...and the solution we use now.
Proportional Representation ensures that 100% of the student body's political diversity is represented in the ASUCD Senate...proportionally.
Which outcome represents a truer cross-section of the student body?
Who Uses Proportional Representation?
The city of Cambridge, MA has been using the Single Transferable Voting method of PR for many years.
Many schools use PR, including:
- UC Berkeley
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: (news release)
How does the system work?
The Choice Voting form of Proportional Representation works on the principle that each student should have a single vote, and each student's vote should count fully towards someone they elect.
The outcome of Choice Voting for the ASUCD Senate is that each elected Senator will represent a different 1/6 of the student body--creating a miniature portrait of the student body.