Proposal for electoral reform.

Problem
I have a proposal which I think it better than introducing alternative voting system. My proposal is easier to understand and implement, and makes it easier for voters to make their wishes clear.

All three major parties in the UK encourage tactical voting to try and get your vote. Rather than voting for the candidate which best represents your views, you should vote `tactically’ to prevent the party you like the least from gaining the seat.

Graph showing previous election results and encoraging tactical voting [Actually any candidate can win if they get the most votes].

Typical tactics used by the three major parties.

Proposal
This problem can be removed by allowing us each to choose, either to vote for, or against one of the candidates. (+1 or -1).

Expected outcome
This proposal will allow those who want to prevent a candidate from winning simply to vote against them, rather than to vote for a party they don’t particularly like.

All parties would immediately stop negative campaigning because it would help all of the other parties. The lazy campaigning of saying vote for us because we are not the other guys would be removed.

If all the parties are unpopular in an area it would be easier for new parties to win the seat, this would more genuinely match the opinion of the electorate. If all the parties are unpopular the least unpopular would receive the least negative votes, he would take the seat but is likely to be more humble than if he had received a majority of thousands, not really be able to claim he had a popular mandate for his decisions – he would argue they are the least worst policies.

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One Response

  1. Gerry Adams has been elected to the Irish Parliament after resigning from his position as a British MP and winning the election in Louth.

    Looks like 5 TD’s (Teachta Dála) were elected for Louth, if anyone can explain the voting system to me it will be appreciated.

    http://electionsireland.org/result.cfm?election=2011&cons=167

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