Definition of single transferable vote in English:

single transferable vote


  • An electoral system of proportional representation in which a person's vote can be transferred to a second or further competing candidate (according to the voter's stated order of preference) if the candidate of first choice is eliminated during a succession of counts or has more votes than are needed for election.

    • ‘Representatives are elected through proportional representation with a single transferable vote.’
    • ‘Professor Black, who has been clinical vice president of the college for the past three years, took 1803 of the 4193 votes cast by single transferable vote for 11 candidates.’
    • ‘He has never made any secret of the fact that he and his colleagues feel very strongly about the single transferable vote as an electoral option.’
    • ‘The 108-member assembly is elected using the single transferable vote, a system of proportional representation.’
    • ‘The system for allocating chairs will be based on an electoral system based on the single transferable vote and if all else fails, then lots will be drawn.’


single transferable vote