The First-Past-The-Post system of voting lacks the electoral sensitivity of other voting methods and can allow a candidate to represent a whole electorate with far less that fifty percent of the popular vote.
This system of voting is far more sensitive to public opinion than the First-Past-The-Post system as the minimum portion of the vote required for election is fifty percent plus one and each voter has the ability to rank candidates according to his/her personal choice thus, not wasting a vote.
Similar to the preferential Voting system except you can exercise the option to select one or a number of candidates in order of your choice.
Generally regarded as the system most in tune with the will of the people this system involves a Multi-member electorate such as the Australian Senate or the Tasmanian Lower House and it is the most likely to reflect the will of the electorate in the Parliament.The Proportional Representation system is so sensitive that even the event of a small donkey-vote (Where a voter starts marking the ballot paper from the top left hand corner and finishing in the bottom right hand corner rather than making a reasoned choice) dramatically alters the result of the poll. To overcome this problem the Tasmanians rotate the columns and the names within the columns in successive ballot papers so that the Donkey-vote cancels itself out.
In keeping with the modern 'fast everything' we now have the fast vote. We are encouraged to not concern ourselves with who the candidates are in many of our Upper Houses but to simply place a one against a political party above the line and let the parties worry about it.As a result of this trend it is often quite difficult to get information on candidates and one is brushed off with 'don't worry about it, just put a one beside our party. It's much easier'.Despite the fact that Upper House ballot papers can often resemble table cloths I challenge you to try to come up with the names, parties and policies of a reasonable number of candidates.