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Jul 06

The Point of Contention for Electoral Reform

On election night, when the votes are counted, the candidate with the most votes “wins”. At that moment, all the voters in the riding become the constituents of that winning candidate, and that candidate becomes the representative of all the citizens in the riding, even though many of the voters felt that one of the …

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May 30

News Flash – BC Election Results Don’t Match Our Votes!

In order to best represent the diversity of opinion across all regions of the province, our Legislature should roughly match the makeup of the electorate.  Two things are needed: There should be a match between the number of seats in relation to each region’s population (along with some compensation for areas with very low population …

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May 11

So-called Urban Rural Divide

The urban rural divide is real, but it’s made much worse by first past the post. The top half of the chart contains regions where the Liberals won by a significant margin.  Under first past the post, it really is winner take all. The seats are allocated by a ratio of about four to one …

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May 06

The Crux of Strategic Voting

The crux of strategic voting is that you know your preferred candidate is not likely to win, so you have to decide whether to vote for them anyway or vote for another candidate with a greater chance of winning.  It’s a critical decision in this election where the Green and NDP platforms are quite similar …

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May 05

Here’s How A Proportional Legislature Could Look

Numerous Advantages to Proportional Representation The proportional seat allocation is shown in the rightmost section of the table.  The left and centre sections show the vote percentage and seat allocation from the 2013 election.  The method for the proportional seat calculation is detailed below. More Balanced Regional Representation Most obviously, the two main parties have much …

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May 02

Party Platforms on Proportional Representation

In this election, both the NDP and the Green Party have made a commitment to change the voting system – to make it more fair by ensuring that every vote counts towards electing a representative. The Liberals say that the status quo is good enough and there’s no need for change.  This is laughable.  This …

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May 02

Regional Breakdown of Seats in the 2013 Election

This chart shows the regional breakdown of the 2013 BC election results. Each pair of bars is scaled to the number of seats in the region. The top bar, “Votes” shows the percentage of the vote for each party and the second bar, “Seats”, shows the number of seats won in the election. All the …

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May 02

BC’s History of False Majorities

  Nearly every BC election has resulted in a majority government and nearly every one has been based on less than a majority of the vote.  This chart shows the history of false majorities in BC going back to 1952 when W.A.C. Bennett was first elected.  Only one election since then was not a false …

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May 02

How Many Votes Do You Need To Win?

Fair and democratic representation should mean that every vote is treated approximately equally. With FPTP, smaller parties need a much greater number of votes to win a seat.  This is because they are not concentrated enough in one riding. This table shows how many votes were needed to elect one member for each of the …

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May 01

Proportional Voting Would Create a Different Dynamic for Voters

Imagine you support one of the three main parties and would like to vote for that party.  In your riding, one candidate has been chosen to run for that party.  Maybe you like that candidate and maybe you don’t like them that much, but that’s your only choice.  So you go ahead and vote for …

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