Pref­er­en­tial bal­lot poses a dan­ger

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

There seem to be some in­ter­est in the province in pref­er­en­tial bal­lot­ing as ex­pressed by the premier in launch­ing the white pa­per on elec­toral re­form. Pref­er­en­tial bal­lot­ing is a sys­tem of vot­ing whereby a voter ranks the can­di­dates ac­cord­ing to his or her pref­er­ence and this en­sures the win­ning can­di­date re­ceives 50 per cent plus one of the vote. It can be very com­pli­cated and con­fus­ing.

The re­al­ity is that pref­er­en­tial bal­lot­ing will lead to more dis­torted re­sults than the First Past The Post (FPTP) - the sys­tem we now have.

Pref­er­en­tial bal­lot­ing is not at all pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion. It’s re­ally a way for peo­ple who want to ap­pear to sup­port elec­toral re­form to con­tinue with ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment formed with much less than ma­jor­ity voter sup­port.

Un­der pref­er­en­tial vot­ing, many Is­land vot­ers will con­tinue to say, “my vote did not count.”

We need on P.E.I. true and mean­ing­ful elec­toral re­form - where ev­ery vote does count. And that means a sys­tem of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Leo Brod­er­ick, Char­lot­te­town

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