Preferential ballot poses a danger
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