Democracy Center - Electing a committee with sequential choice

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Sequential Choice does not result in proportional representation. With proportional representation a slate of candidates is presented, usually with the same number of candidates as the number of candidates that shall be elected, but the total number elected from each slate is in proportion to the number of candidates on the slate. Sequential Choice offers a different method. As with proportional representation, the slate presents the same number of candidates as the number of candidates that shall be elected, but unlike proportional representation the same person can be on more than one slate of candidates. One of these slates is to be chosen with Sequential Choice. As all members of the winning group are elected, there is no ranking of candidates within the group (and therefore a misnomer to speak of a list of ranked candidates). This is discussed further in Democracy with Sequential Choice and Fund Voting in the section Electing a committee with sequential choice along with election of the chairman of the board.