[pp.int.general] Social r-evolution in Spain - #spanishrevolution (Rok Andr?e)

Jordi Soucheiron jordi at soucheiron.cat
Sat May 21 12:40:37 CEST 2011

A "voto en blanco" is a vote without anything inside of the envelope (I
guess that is what a blank vote is).
The problem with d'Hont system is that given the tiny electoral
circunscriptions that we have in Spain, parties like Izquierda unida (with
around 10% of the votes) only get 1 or 2 seats (Barcelona and Madrid). If
there was only a huge circunscription the system would be more
proportionate, but as of right now thats not the case

2011/5/21 Philip Hunt <cabalamat at googlemail.com>

> On 20 May 2011 14:40, Josef Ohlsson Collentine <josef at collentine.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> 3. We understand your need to find speakers and classify the
> >> unclassifiable, but again: the only spokesman for the camp is the daily
> >> plenary assembly, and the only official statements are his records,
> which
> >> you can see in the bloghttp://acampadabcn.wordpress.com /
> Just wondered if you could clarify some points.
> In <http://acampadabcn.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/acta-20-maig/> it says
> (point 1) that you want to reform the electoral system because d'Hondt
> favours big parties. Is the problem the 5% threshold that is (I think)
> used in elections in Spain? Obviously any threshold would help big
> parties, but d'Hondt in itself is reasonably proportional in itself,
> provided the total number of seats at stake is reasonably large.
> (Incidentally, we recently had an election in Scotland using a system
> with an approximately 5% threshold; this resulted in about 12% of
> votes being wasted. If there was no threshold, PPUK would stand a
> decent chance of winning seats.)
> What does "Votos en blanco" mean? My best guess at translating it into
> English would be "blank votes"; evidently it is a term of art in
> Spanish elections.
> --
> Philip Hunt, <cabalamat at gmail.com>
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