Ranked Ballots for Canada

Parties elect their leaders with 1,2,3 ranked ballots. Let's elect MPs that way!

Monthly Archives: December 2014

What is a majority?

Under the current voting system, do you need a majority of votes to be elected MP? That’s the wrong question to ask.  Why?  Because it’s ambiguous.  The word majority has two different senses.  If you look in an American dictionary, it will tell you a majority of votes is a number or percentage equaling more than half of a total.  But…

Ranked Ballots Avoid the Vote Splitting Strategy

One of the ways in which plurality voting (sometimes called first-past-the-post) can fail to capture the preferences of voters is through “vote splitting.” Vote splitting means that two candidates who are liked equally by a majority of voters, or where voters like both better than the other candidates are less likely to be elected than a candidate who is disliked…