Preferential Votes in Municipal Elections and the Possibility of their Analytical Use in the Study of Voting Behaviour
Sylvie Kotásková, Radek Kopřiva

Language: en
Last modified: 2015-04-07


The article deals with the appointment of municipal councils in the Czech Republic as one of the key elements of endogenous regional development. The electoral system applied in municipal elections has a number of internal elements that lead to a relatively high degree of disproportionality between votes expressing the interests of voters and the elected representative body, and they also prevent easy detection of the nature of the voting behaviour of the electorate. One of the few ways to assess electoral behaviour is to analyse the variance of electoral votes needed in order to understand how the vote takes place. In the case of the administrative district of Vodňany, the purpose is to find out what the prevailing method of voting is in the electoral behaviour, and how important are the deformation effects of the applied electoral system in comparison with the interests of the voters.


electoral system, municipal board, municipal elections, electoral behavior, preferential vote, Voňany

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