An Argument For Single Transferable Vote

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An Argument for Single Transferable Vote
One of the main functions of elections is to ensure representation. Yet, it is arguable that most electoral systems do not return proportional results and therefore do not ensure proper representation. There are numerous electoral systems that are used all over the world and every country seems to have adopted a particular system that works well for them, but may not for others.
For much of the BC Legislative Assembly’s history, the First Past the Post (FPTP) system has been used for elections. As with most things political, each system has its positives and its flaws – and it is the flaws of each used system that contribute to the failure of BC to provide proportionality where it matters most. It has become evident over the years that there has not been equality in terms of representation. For example, while women represent about half of the population, only about 25% of elected politicians are women. It is even worse when it comes to minority groups – indigenous people are severely under-represented in the government.
The currently used First Past the Post system is widely the most recognized and known system to BC electorate. The next best-known system is Single Transferable Vote, a type of proportional electoral system. In 2005, there was the first of two referendums to change to an STV electoral system. The Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform first recommended this system in late 2004. Ultimately, the results from both…
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