The Report of the Independent Commission on the Voting SystemContents

Volume 1
  Glossary of Main Electoral Systems
Terms of reference and Commission membership
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: The Meaning of Representation
  Fairness and the Role of Parties
The Role of Members of Parliament
Chapter Three: The Current System
The Virtues of FPTP
Historical and Political Context
The Defects of FPTP
Voter Choice and 'making votes count'
Perverse Results
Wider Representation
Chapter Four: Electoral Systems and Stable Government: Experience of the United Kingdom and Overseas
The British Tradition
Republic of Ireland
Other Countries
New Zealand
FPTP Shared Mainly with North America and India
Chapter Five: Solutions for Britain Without Constituency Changes
The Alternative Vote
The Supplementary Vote
The Second Ballot System
The 'Weighted' Vote
Inevitable Consequence
Chapter Six: The Single Transferable Vote
STV as Part of a Hybrid System
Conclusion on STV Generally
Chapter Seven: The Case For and Functioning of a Mixed System
General Advantages of a Mixed System
The Status of MPs in a Mixed System
Proportionality and Stable Government
Method of Electing Constituency Members
Electing Top-up Members: a Local Solution
The Role of Top-up Members
Voter Choice
Northern Ireland
Tactical Voting
The Number of Top-up Members
Chapter Eight: Related Issues
Boundary Commission
Oversight of Electoral Matters and Conduct of the Referendum
Arrangements for Reviewing the Electoral System
Chapter Nine: Recommendations and Conclusions
Note of Reservation by Lord Alexander of Weedon QC
Annex A - Tables of Projections
Annex B - Ballot Paper
Annex C - Illustrative Map of Top-Up Areas
Annex D - Illustrative List of Current Constituencies Within Top-Up Areas
Annex E - Method of Working
Annex F - List of International Interlocutors
Annex G - Acknowledgements
Annex H - Bibliography
Volume 2

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