It's quiet on the electoral reform front today. Voters continue to enjoy the slow days of summer across Ontario. It's the calm before the September election/referendum storm, to be sure. Just a couple of points today:
Supporters of fixing Ontario's antiquated voting system are being encouraged to donate to the Vote For MMP campaign. The pro-reform website has been urging supporters to consider its $10.10 for 10/10 campaign. Why $10.10 for 10/10? The election is on October 10 - hence "10/10." Of course, if you can afford to donate more, they welcome such contributions.
Also, I wanted to re-iterate the message from earlier this month that despite all the back and forth debate about wasted votes, party nominations and province-wide lists, this issue is really pretty simple when it comes right down to it.
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.
Have a great weekend!