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DELEGATED, ACTIVE & EFFECTIVE VOTE
Under an AR electoral system each Citizen's vote cast in an election by a citizen delegates that citizen's power to the candidate who received the vote. Win or lose that candidate retains the power to re-cast that vote, or ensure that it is re-cast, in votes taken by the governing body resulting for the full mandate of that body. A delegated vote that can actively be used to influence the results of all votes in the governing body is an effective vote.

ASSIGNED VOTES
Delegated Votes cast in an election to Candidates who become a Constituency Members and who then can then, on behalf of the voters, assign those votes to a Sitting Member for re-casting in votes held in the Governing Body.

AR
Acronym for the “Absolute Representation” Electoral System

BODY POLITIC
The totality of Citizens in any combination of Voters, Political Actives, Party Members, Candidates, Constituency Members and/or Sitting Members.

CANDIDATE
Anyone qualified by then current laws to be included on a ballot and, therefore, able to be a recipient of delegated votes from voters.

CONSTITUENCY MEMBER
Any candidate in an Electoral Area who does not receive enough Delegated Votes to take a seat in the Governing Body as a Sitting Member but who can serve his/her constituency from outside the Governing Body by assigning, or re-assigning, the delegated vote she/he received to any Sitting Member.   

DAEV
Acronym for the “Delegated Active & Effective Voting”

DELEGATED VOTE
A vote cast in an election in favour of a Candidate in the knowledge that the Candidate then has the power to either:

  • re-cast it in votes taken in the Governing Body if she/he becomes the Electoral Area’s Sitting Member, or to
  • Assign, or re-assign, it to a Sitting Member who will then have the power to re-cast it in votes taken in the Governing body.

ELECTORAL AREA
A general term representing such designations as Riding, District, Ward, Canton and any number of other names use for areas in which citizens cast their votes in elections.

FPTP 

Acronym for the “First past the post” electoral system

GOVERNING BODY
A general term representing any local, regional or national government anywhere.

GOVERNING PARTY
The political party having the most Sitting Members in the Governing Body

PR
A collective acronym for all “Proportional Representation” electoral systems

SITTING MEMBERS
The candidates who receive the most delegated votes in their Electoral Area and are, thereby, elected to a seat in the Governing Body.

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