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STV: A Smarter Way To Vote


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A quick overview of the BC-STV proposal recommended by the BC Citizens' Assembly - explained using Smarties.

A quick overview of the BC-STV proposal recommended by the BC Citizens' Assembly - explained using Smarties.

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  • 1. BC- S TV : A S marter way T o V ote i Why your fellow voters in the Citizens’ Assembly chose STV...
  • 2. Wherever we live in BC, some of our neighbours will share our political views, and others won’t. Normally, that makes life interesting, but …
  • 3. when it’s time for an election, we get divided up fairly arbitrarily based on where we live (these groupings of voters are called ridings).
  • 4. Each party puts up one candidate in each riding and only one candidate is elected per riding.
  • 5. We choose the winner by seeing who has the most votes in each riding.
  • 6. Here, Yellow Party candidates have won every single riding. Our current voting system tends to produce these sweeps.
  • 7. The Yellow Party supporters are probably pretty happy (if they liked their candidate), but the Blue voters are left out.
  • 8. BC-STV takes a more inclusive approach. The idea is to make sure that almost everyone gets an MLA they want.
  • 9. First, voters in a given region aren’t divided up arbitrarily – any voter in the region can vote for any candidate the parties put forward. This gives the voters more choice.
  • 10. Naturally, voters will support the candidates they like most – Yellow Party supporters will tend to vote for Yellow candidates & Blue Party supporters for Blue candidates.
  • 11. MLAs are elected by roughly equal numbers of voters – here, there are enough Yellow Party supporters to elect 2 MLAs, but the Blue Party supporters can elect 1 Blue MLA.
  • 12. With STV, virtually everyone gets an MLA they personally support, so your voice will be heard in the legislature. Current FPTP system: Proposed BC-STV system: BC-STV: Not just a vote – A Voice ! On May 12, 2009, vote for BC-STV. See for more info. vs