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  • many constituencies are "safe" seats for particular parties, with little prospect of changes. Therefore people who do not support the majority party have no prospect of making their vote "count". Similarly, even voters supporting the winning candidate may feel that their votes serve only to increase an already large majority

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In my opinion this is the main disadvantage of FPTP, and it's decisive. FPTP effectively disenfranchises voters who favour minority candidates or parties.

Posted by Mark Scott on 2008-01-29 13:51:40.
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In areas where there has always been three main party MP's, the elector feels it is not worth voting because they "always get in"

Posted by Patrick Hanlon on 2009-06-09 11:26:27.
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