Pref­er­en­tial bal­lot can be con­fus­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Thanks to the editor for an ex­cel­lent ed­i­to­rial ( July 15, 2015), "Elec­toral op­tions raise ques­tions on en­gage­ment." The pref­er­en­tial bal­lot sys­tem does not deal with the ba­sic prob­lem of un­fair dis­tri­bu­tion of party seats (pro­por­tion­al­ity). It should not be con­sid­ered an op­tion at all in a plebiscite.

The MMP (Mixed Mem­ber Pro­por­tional) sys­tem does deal with the prob­lem and should be rec­om­mended by the gov­ern­ment. This sys­tem is sim­ple and re­quires one mark (x) only on the bal­lot pa­per (as in the present sys­tem). The pref­er­en­tial bal­lot sys­tem is com­plex re­quir­ing sev­eral marks (x) on the bal­lot pa­per - very con­fus­ing for many vot­ers. Bill Fred­erik­sen, Char­lot­te­town

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