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date: 08 August 2022

tactical voting 

Source:
A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations
Author(s):
Stephen FisherStephen Fisher

In a *first-past-the-post electoral system a vote is tactical when it is cast for a candidate that the voter believes is more likely to win than their preferred candidate, to best influence who wins in the constituency. The classic example involves a supporter of a party placed third or lower in the constituency choosing to vote for one of the front-runners because they are wary of ‘wasting’ their vote. The wasted-vote logic is sometimes referred to as ‘Duverger’s psychological effect’ and is one of the factors that is thought to drive ... ...

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