A voting system in which multiple MLAs are elected in large electoral districts: either several regional districts or the province as a whole, depending on the design of the system. The proportion of total votes received by each political party determines the share of seats it receives in the Legislative Assembly.
There are three different types of List PR systems described on this site. They can be distinguished by the level of choice voters have:
- Closed List PR: Voters choose their preferred party
- Open List PR: Voters choose their preferred candidates
- Open List PR with Party Option: Voters choose their preferred candidates or simply choose the list proposed by the party
Each party prepares a list of candidates prior to the election. Lists may be “closed” or “open.” For closed lists, voters endorse a party and its candidates as listed in the order put forward by that party. For open lists, voters may choose the candidates they prefer from amongst the candidates put forward by a party, or there may also be an option to endorse the party’s list as presented. Using either form of List PR, the share of seats each party receives matches its share of the popular vote.