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In the May 12th 2009 referendum in British Columbia (Canada), should voters support BC-STV?

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The Citizen's Assembly made of a randomly selected man and women from every riding spent 11 months studying electoral systems and hearing what people wanted from their system from around the province. In the end, they strongly favoured the Single Transferable Vote for British Columbia. The question of whether to accept the new system or keep the old First Past the Post system was put to Britich Columbians in a 2005 referendum. To adopt the new system, the vote needed to be at least 60-40 in favour. The result was 58.69% in favour. On May 12th, 2009, the referendum will be repeated because the results were so close and many voters knew so little about the Citizen's Assembly and STV at the time of the first referendum.

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Proportional Representation: Is the expected change in proportionality between votes and seats beneficial to British Columbians?

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Yes. There is local proportionality which leads to a much more proportional representation overall. Proportional representation is a good thing, all else being equal.





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Party Politics: Is the expected change in party politics beneficial to British Columbians?

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Voter Incentives: Is the change in voter incentives beneficial for British Columbians?

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Yes. With FPP, there are incentives to strategicly vote for a candidate or party (usually a party) that is not your favourite to avoid an even less desired candidate or party to win. Strategic voting is almost non-existant with STV. The remaining opportunities to vote against your real preferences are insignificant.





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Candidate Incentives: Is the change in incentives for candidates beneficial for British Columbians?

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