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BC Throws Down the Crazy Vote Gauntlet

February 25, 2011

When it comes to politics and crazy in Canada, you just can’t beat British Columbia

  • Tomorrow I will voting in a provincial election with no more than 90,000 other people.
  • The votes will be ranked. I can must rank at least two choices and can choose to rank all four candidates.
  • The votes will be weighted by riding so that each riding has equal weight, essentially decreasing the power of each vote in large ridings and increasing the relative voice of smaller ridings.
  • So unlike normal elections the votes from each riding will be heard. People who live in ridings that did not vote for the governing party will have much more voice than they did in the last election.
  • The voting will take place online over a twelve hour period and the results will be ready almost instantly once polls are closed and counted.
  • The choice of the election will immediately become premier of British Columbia.
  • I had to pay $10 for the right to be one of these 90,000 people.
I don’t know if all of that is good or bad.  I like a lot of it (online voting, voice from all ridings, ranked voting) and I’m not so sure about other parts of it (weighting votes in populous areas down).  But however you slice it, its a pretty interesting state of affairs and I’m glad to be a part of it.
Thinking about the system and the incentives it creates for people to engage is important and the process of this election has been a major issue of discussion which I am glad to hear.  The more people think about the processes used in our democracy in Canada the more they will come to realize how unfair many of those processes are.  Hopefully this will contribute to that.
In case you’re interested, this is why I’m voting for Christy Clark as my first choice.  She has shown she takes these processes seriously and her decision to support the weighted voting system (whether it’s actually a good choice or not) is evidence of that as you could argue its actually against her interests to bump up the power of rural votes.
As for my second choice, we’ll see, might wait until I listen to the House tomorrow morning 🙂
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2011 11:09 pm

    & congrats on your candidate’s win !

    Hey – you might know this. Is there anything that prevents a person from taking out a membership in more than one political party at the same level of government? eg. can a person take a membership in the provincial Lib & provincial NDP? Just curious 🙂

    • March 3, 2011 9:49 am

      thanks, glad she won. I don’t know for sure but I seem to remember seeing somewhere that you couldn’t join both to vote, it might just be party rules, if they find out you’re in both they’ll kick you out I think. But twitter would be the best place to ask, lots of partisans there.

      The NDP deadline passed before the Lib one so I had to choose which to join. I don’t see why having a say in both is fundamentally wrong but some people equate it to actual fraud.

      I’d like both parties to have the best possible leader they can and then fight it out fairly.

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