In a post about celebrity Democrats and their dream planks for the party platform, I wondered what winner-take-all elections might be.

In talking about her dream plank, Lani Guinier had complained (see post immediately below) about them. 

I had no idea there was anything besides a winner-take-all election.

Many thanks to an Inkwell reader for setting me straight:

“My apologies if you have gotten a ton of email addressing this already,” writes an Inkwell reader. “But a ‘winner take all election’, also know as a first-past-the-post election or a plurality voting, simply refers to an election in which each voter gets one vote and the candidate with the most voters, not necessarily a majority, is elected. Contrast this to a system of proportional representation, which I suspect Guinier is advocating.”