Thursday, October 4, 2007

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: I'm particularly concerned about declining voter turnout - would the new system increase political participation?

Many factors affect voter turnout, but cross-national research shows that countries using fair voting systems have higher voter participation than countries using our outdated system - 5-12% higher in various studies. This should be of particular concern to Ontarians as voter participation in provincial elections since 1980 is only 60.7%.

The logic of fair voting systems should help address this problem. In our current system, many voters in safe-seat ridings (ridings always won by one dominant party) or those supporting smaller parties know very well their vote will likely not elect anyone so many don't bother to vote at all.

Under the new system, all votes will be reflected in the make-up of the legislature.

When you know your vote always counts, you're more likely to head to the polls on election day.

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