Monday, October 1, 2007

Top Four Reasons Fair Voting Systems are Better for Voters

1) Your vote will always have an impact right across your entire region, province or country, unlike now where it only counts in one seat and only if you vote for the winner

Under fair voting systems, your vote will always have an impact on the overall result as it will always translate into representation in the legislature.

2) For the first time in Canadian history, we'll have legislatures that reflect the true face and voice of the people!

The voice of the people as reflected in the popular vote will be translated directly into representation, unlike our existing system which frequently distorts our votes in favour of one party.

3) Laws that get passed will be supported by parties representing over 50% of the people

Who knew in Canada in 2007 we'd be fighting to ensure that laws passed by our government must be supported by the majority of voters?

Our existing, antiquated system has long produced phony majority governments where one party wins a majority of seats with fewer than 50% of the votes. Under fair voting systems, new laws will need to be supported by political parties representing over 50% of the people before they can get passed. This is good for all voters and good for democracy.

4) The second place party will never win the election again

Another disturbing aspect of our existing system is its tendency to distort voters' wishes so badly that sometimes the second place party among voters actually wins the election. This has happened in six out of 10 provinces in recent times: Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Fair voting systems will fix this and ensure seat totals match the popular vote.

The people choose the government, not the system.

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