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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...can freely vote for whom he pleases, without any fear that his vote will be thrown away. The majority would be fairly represented, the minority would obtain a hearing, and the most eminent and trusted leaders would be sure of election. CHAPTER VI. PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATfOff. THE CUMULATIVE VOTE. The Cumulative Vote is that system under which each elector has as many votes as there are members to be elected in his constituency, and may "cumulate" them all on one candidate, or divide them between the different candidates in any proportion he pleases. This system was first suggested by Mr. James Garth Marshall in 1857. In 1870 it was adopted for the election of School Boards. It is also in actual operation in Illinois, and elsewhere. It was considered that the introduction of proportional representation into School Board elections would contribute to the satisfactory working of our educational system, because a School Board, composed entirely of Churchmen on the one hand, or of Dissenters on the other, would, however unjustly, be regarded with suspicion. The result ot the cumulative system has been that the School Boards in our great cities contain representatives of every important section in the constituency; and the representatives of the Education Department have recently given evidence before a Committee of the House of Commons that this has greatly contributed to the successful working of the Education Act. Still it must be admitted that the system leads to a great loss of voting power. For instance, in the first Marylebone election (November, 1870), seven members having to be returned, the votes were as follows--MARYLEBONE. Successful Candidates. Garrett 47,858 Huxley 13,494 Thorold 12,186 Angus H.472 Hutchins 9,253 Dixon 9,031 Watson 8, more

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