Under cross-voting (French: " make colored mix " panacher ) is understood in an election with people - more than one vote system the distribution of several available voices by the voters on candidates of different electoral lists. The votes are then distributed proportionally to the lists involved in the counting.
The ability to vote-splitting consists in Switzerland in the parliamentary elections of different levels. In Germany it is provided in local elections in the states of Baden -Württemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg -Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Rhineland -Palatinate, Saxony, Saxony -Anhalt, Schleswig -Holstein and Thuringia. In Bremen and Hamburg can be variegated in local and state elections.
The dispensing of several votes to a candidate is called, however, cumulating or ridging.