Thursday, August 30, 2007

Owen Sound Sun Times: A student voice backs vote change

Check out this great article by Andrew Stewart today in the Owen Sound Sun Times. Andrew served on the Ontario Students' Assembly on Electoral Reform as a rep from Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

Here's an excerpt:

"The beauty of this [MMP] system is the way it combines local representation with a mechanism for proportionality: the number of seats held by each party reflects the proportion of the votes they received.

"In the system we have now, a significant percent (often over 50%) of votes don't matter. That is, even though the voter casts a ballot for the party or candidate he or she believes is best for the job, if that candidate fails to win a seat, that vote is wasted.

"In our democracy everyone is equal, so why should we tolerate a system in which votes do not carry equal weight?"

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