- a method of voting by which political parties are given legislative representation in proportion to their popular vote.
Origin of proportional representation
Related Words for proportional representationPR
- representation of parties in an elective body in proportion to the votes they winAbbreviation: PR Compare: first-past-the-post
An electoral system in which seats in a legislature are awarded to each party on the basis of its share of the popular vote. The United States does not use a system of proportional representation. Membership in the Senate and the House of Representatives, for example, is based on individual candidates' receiving a majority of votes. Such a system strongly encourages the formation of only two major political parties.