. Describe the main principles of SMDP.

1. Describe in your own words what an electoral or voting system should be designed to achieve.
2. Announce what you will discuss in the remainder of the essay.
Body:
1. Describe the main principles of SMDP.
2. Explain in your own words the meaning of the word plurality in this context. Offer at least one example of plurality.
3. Explain, again in your own words, the difference between plurality and majority.
4. Next explain the main principles of a proportional representation voting system (PR). (Do not discuss the variations of PR.)
5. Explain in your own words the meaning of proportionality in this context. Offer at least one specific example and source.
6. What do you consider the strengths and weaknesses of SMDP? Support your arguments with data from credible, impartial sources.
7. What do you consider the strength and weakness of PR? Support your arguments with data from credible, impartial sources.
8. In the context of what a congressional voting system should be designed to achieve – see your introduction – and the major strengths and weaknesses of SMDP and PR you identified, which congressional voting system do you prefer (SMDP or PR) and why? Offer at least two specific examples supported by credible, impartial sources.

Closing paragraph:
1. Summarize your arguments and findings concerning the two electoral systems.
2. Address ALL the questions. Be specific in your response, and demonstrate your understanding of the topic.

Offer at least four different sources. Each source must be credible and must have at least one identified author.