Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Voting for change in BC

Voters in BC have a chance to make Canadian electoral history on May 12. (See my earlier post on this topic for more background on this issue.)

They'll be choosing a new provincial government, of course, but for some people, that's almost beside the point. What really matters is that they'll also be voting in a referendum on whether to adopt a new way of electing politicians in the next provincial election.

The process is called a single transferable vote (or STV).

Yesterday, the pro-STV campaigners put out a new TV ad, which they're hoping will help influence voters. You can see the add here or watch it below and donate to the cause, if you're interested.

I've got a campaign sign up on my lawn. I've been a fan of proportional representation for years. It's an idea whose time has come and I hope this time the referendum passes.

If you're interested in this issue, there are some websites that are dedicated to explaining the process, such as:
British Columbians for BC-STV
Fair Voting BC
Fair Vote Canada

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