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What voting system should we use?

The answer here is: it depends on the kind of decision we’re making. FPTP works well for binary decisions: Yea vs Nay, or one vs another. Do we adopt the motion, or not? Do we adjourn, or not? Do we … Continue reading
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Doesn’t preferential voting favour middle of the road candidates?

It first bears asking what does it mean to “favour” a candidate? The implication is that a preferential ballot confers an unfair benefit to such candidates, somehow putting a thumb on the scale to fudge the outcome on their behalf. … Continue reading
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What about Ranked-ballots?

Preferential ballots, by and large, all rank candidates on the ballot in some way. But the term “ranked-ballots” is typically associated with IRV initiatives rather than preferential ballots in general. There is an undertaking afoot, for example, the “Ranked-Ballot Initiative” … Continue reading
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Why not Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV)?

Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV) also known as the Alternative Vote (AV) is easy. As for other preferential systems it can be done with the exact same ballots as FPTP, and with the exact same single-member electoral districts; it just needs a … Continue reading
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How about the Alternative Vote (AV)?

See “Why not Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV)?”

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Didn’t BC have preferential voting before?

Yes, interestingly enough. From the Elections BC Website: “Alternative vote used for the first time in general election 12 June 1952. Voting age changed to 19 (SBC 1952 c.3). Doukhobor prohibition removed (SBC 1952 c.3). “Alternative vote used for second … Continue reading
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