Taking the Party out of Politics - Episode 9

The 5 Impossible Puzzles Bonus Season highlights different structural challenges with the way our electoral and political system is supposed to work.

The second puzzle is the Impossible Puzzle for Voting.

This puzzle comes down to the fact that our First Past the Post voting system means that it is the candidate with most votes who gets elected, not the candidate with a majority of the votes. For example, if there are three candidates, and one of the candidates gets 40% of the vote, whilst the other two candidates get 35% and 25%, then it is the candidate with 40% of the vote who gets elected.  

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