Move from Closed Party Lists to STV for European Elections

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PaulJRobinson
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PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 6 years ago

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@PaulJRobinson edited democracy.md - over 6 years ago

Introduce an 'None of the Above' box on all ballot papers to formally and positively register abstention.

Introduce voting by proportional representation (Single Transferable Vote) in all General and Local Elections.

Introduce voting by proportional representation uing the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method in all General and Local Elections. Given each EU member country has right to select the electoral system they use to elect their own MEPs, STV will also be used for elections to the European Parliament.

Investigate feasability of electronic voting at all elections, with a view to increasing accessibility and turnout.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 6 years ago

just replace 'uing' with 'using' :)

You can edit the file in the PR these days.

@PaulJRobinson edited democracy.md - over 6 years ago

Introduce an 'None of the Above' box on all ballot papers to formally and positively register abstention.

Introduce voting by proportional representation (Single Transferable Vote) in all General and Local Elections.

Introduce voting by proportional representation using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method in all General and Local Elections. Given each EU member country has right to select the electoral system they use to elect their own MEPs, STV will also be used for elections to the European Parliament.

Investigate feasability of electronic voting at all elections, with a view to increasing accessibility and turnout.

References

[^1]: Do we need a written constitution? - The Constitution Society

[^1]: Do we need a written constitution? - The Constitution Society

frankieroberto

@frankieroberto - over 6 years ago

Can you explain why you think STV would be preferable to PR for EU elections?

PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 6 years ago

Closed party list system allows each party to internally rank their candidates in the order in which suits them. It encourages candidates to be 'loyal' to the leadership (to get higher up their list) and discourages independent-minded candidates. It also prevents voters from having any say in the election of individual candidates as voters only select a party on their ballot - they have no idea which (if any) of those candidates on the list will end up becoming an MEP. They also end up with a constituency that is absolutely huge - in my case the whole of the South East. Constituents therefore have no link to an individual MEP they can contact to say "you are my MEP and I would like you to do something about x...."

For the merits of STV I'll just link the website of the Electoral Reform Society as the benefits are numerous.

http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/?PageID=483

with kind regards, Paul Robinson

about.me/pauljrobinson

On 13 February 2014 15:10, Frankie Roberto [email protected] wrote:

Can you explain why you think STV would be preferable to PR for EU elections?

Reply to this email directly or view it on GitHubhttps://github.com/openpolitics/manifesto/pull/100#issuecomment-34986852 .

frankieroberto

@frankieroberto - over 6 years ago

In the case of MEPs though, I'm not sure it's that important to have a 'local' one that represents you. Far more important in my view to have the overall balance of MEPs represent the political preferences of the population, which PR achieves. Smaller constituencies and STV would make minor parties less likely to be represented.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 6 years ago

Interesting; I hadn't considered the change from many MEPs to one for an area. Moving to ✋ while I consider.

PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 6 years ago

I really hate the closed party list system, so to help move this along I shall propose a compromise: move from Closed Party List votes for European Parliamentary elections in the UK, to an Open Party List electoral system using the 'Most Open' method as described http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_list

Does that have more support for now?

Floppy

@Floppy - over 6 years ago

Yes, I could go for the "most open list" approach. It's definitely an improvement. If you update the text, I'll give it a thumbs up :)

@PaulJRobinson edited democracy.md - over 6 years ago

Introduce an 'None of the Above' box on all ballot papers to formally and positively register abstention.

Introduce voting by proportional representation (Single Transferable Vote) in all General and Local Elections.

Introduce voting by proportional representation using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method in all General and Local Elections.

Given each EU member country has right to select the electoral system they use to elect their own MEPs, Open Party List sytem (using the 'most-open' method) will also be used for elections to the European Parliament.

Investigate feasability of electronic voting at all elections, with a view to increasing accessibility and turnout.

References

[^1]: Do we need a written constitution? - The Constitution Society

[^1]: Do we need a written constitution? - The Constitution Society