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For questions about rule systems for gathering and counting votes. Not for questions about country-specific rules but for the theory and practice of voting systems. Examples include proportional-representation and first-past-the-post.

I'm thinking the two tags really mean the same thing, but, ironically, the latter is being misused. is clear we're talking about the mechanism by which officials are elected. sounds like it could be used to describe the system by which ballots are cast and counted. I would say it needs to be a synonym of for disambiguation.


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A difference could be created, but doesn't exist in current usage

The most natural distinction to apply comes from the excerpt for which states that it is "Not for questions about country-specific rules". A natural conclusion is that a different tag could exist for country-specific rules, and seems suitable to me.

However, current use of the tags doesn't support that distinction. Right now, questions about voting/election theory and questions about country-specific voting/election systems exist in significant numbers in each tag. Trying to create such a distinction would split both tags and require a lot of manual retagging. Instead I think it's appropriate to simply unify the tags.

In terms of which tag should be the "main" one and which should be the synonym, I would usually go with leaving the more popular tag and making the other a synonym, but in this case I have a slight preference for . The main reason is that the Wikipedia page for "Voting system", which is currently linked on the info page, redirects to the "Electoral System" page; Wikipedia isn't an authority on the subject, but it would be nice for the tag names to reflect the concepts we link to describe them. It's only a slight preference though. I would also remove the "Not about country-specific rules" part of the usage guide.

TL;DR The tags are the same in current usage, and merging them seems more beneficial than creating an artificial divide.

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