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I have heard it called "Reserved Spot" or "Reserved Diversity" elections. Aaron - that law is from something likeand simply remained on the books through the Iranian revolution. Jesse Steele 1 2. The system you describe sounds essentially like my comment. I suppose any individual can only be a candidate on a single list, but of course the open positions may also include women or minorities; the system ensures there is at least one of each, but there may be several. Except that there was such a discrepancy between the amounts of male and female candidates, that when you did the math, you realized that every female candidate would be guaranteed a seat. Dan, what do you do when voters do not want diversity?