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The Norwegian electoral system is based on the principles of direct election and proportional representation in multi-member electoral divisions. Direct election means that the electors vote directly for representatives of their constituency by giving their vote to an electoral list. Proportional representation means that the representatives are distributed according to the relationship to one another of the individual electoral lists in terms of the number of votes they have received. Both political parties and other groups can put up lists at elections.
Proportional representation (PR) is based on the principle that any group of like-minded voters should win legislative seats in proportion to its share of the popular vote. Whereas the winner-take-all principle awards 100 percent of the representation to a 50.1 percent majority, PR allows voters in a minority to win their fair share of representation.
How does this work? A typical winner-take-all system of divides voters into "one-seat districts," represented by one person. With PR, voters in a constituency instead have several representatives: ten one-seat districts might, for example, be combined into a single ten-seat district. A party or group of voters that wins 10 percent of the popular vote in this district, then, would win one of the ten seats; a party or slate of candidates with 30 percent of votes would win three seats, etc....
Originally posted by KeliOnyx
No no no. Direct Democracy is mob rule. And yes every so often someone pops in here without any sense passing it off as a good idea. Sorry day late dollar short.
Originally posted by DirectDemocracy
reply to post by freemarketsocialist
I disagree. I believe we should vote independently and directly on EVERY issue no matter how small or trivial it might seem. Get people used to the idea of researching a political topic and voting on it every single time. Ween people off the breast of the representative.
I imagine at first it would be like my last tour in Iraq. People not really understanding how to vote or what to vote for. Very confused with the concept of democracy for the first time in their life. But the look in their eyes after they cast their first vote, their purple dyed and stained fingers were held up like they were pointing to Saddam himself, daring him to try and take their newly found power away from them. Daring another Dictator to try and take power back from them.
I believe in people. I HAVE to believe in people. If I did not believe that people were better than given credit for I would just give up and check out immediately. Hope is the only thing that keeps me going. Hope for a better world. Hope that people can change. Hope that people truly want freedom for everyone deep inside their hearts.
"In great attempts it is glorious even to fail." -Cassius Longinus
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." – Thomas Jefferson
"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free." -- Sir Edward Gibbon
edit on 31-8-2012 by DirectDemocracy because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by DirectDemocracy
reply to post by AQuestion
If we baby people and keep treating them like invalids then they will act that way forever. You do not get people to act more responsibly by giving them less freedom, you empower people by giving more responsibility to them.
I agree that many political issues are complex and hard to understand. But people have no reason to even try and understand them. Big brother is doing all the work making it all better for wittle baby by doing it for them.
Just sit back and let candidate A or B take care of everything. It will all be better soon. Do not worry your pretty little head about it. Big brother will take care of everything.
Just handle this simple wittle baby responsibility of pressing button A or button B. Then you can go home and veg out in your barka lounger watching football drinking a nice cold beverage.