Despite the complex details listed thus far on Elections Ontario's Referendum website YourBigDecision.ca, this referendum on electoral reform actually offers voters a very simple choice.
Most voters know very little about the complexities and nuances of electoral systems. Most voters don't care.
This referendum is really about whether voters think our voting system should produce results that accurately reflect how we voted.
Should 45% of the vote for one party translate into about 45% of the seats or about 70% of the seats?
If you think 45% of the vote for one party should translate into about 70% of the seats for that party, as often happens now, vote for the status quo (First-Past-The-Post).
If you think 45% of the vote for one party should translate into about 45% of the seats for that party, vote for the proposed Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) System.
Ultimately, that's what this question is basically about.
If pro-MMP supporters continue to frame the question in these easily understandable terms, we will be successful on October 10th.