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Won’t we elect only centrists, who will simply agree on everything?

This is similar to the “favouring middle-of-the-road candidates” question, absent the pejorative notion of “favouring.” The idea here again seems to be that non-centrist voters would tend to find common cause in centrist candidates so that, when there is no … 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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Doesn’t a preferential voting system mean more minority governments?

Not necessarily. One method, say FPTP, of electing a single-member electoral district versus a different method, say a preferential system, of electing a single-member electoral district, since they’re single-member elections in both cases, cannot in and of itself be a … 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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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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