Ranked Ballots for Canada

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

Less of What You Don’t Like

Sometimes a vote for an MP is motivated mostly by the party that the candidate belongs to, sometimes it is mostly the individual, or a combination, but often a major motivation is ensuring that one particular candidate does not win. Each motivation for voting is legitimate, don’t let anyone tell you that you are voting incorrectly. So how easy is…

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…

Is this or is this not Proportional Representation?

Some people love Proportional Representation, where the proportion of MPs of a given a party in the legislature is close to the percentage of votes for that party or for its candidates. Some people hate Proportional Representation, because they want to give their democratic proxy to a local individual, not to a party. The ranked ballot is a voting system that most of both…