Pair Voting – Brilliant or Stupid?
I had not really looked into Pair Voting, or Vote Swapping too much until I heard some people on Twitter talking about it. There are websites dedicated to this cause, and it is a decidedly anti-Conservative movement. I was going to try and explain it for you, but they have a great video on their website that explains how it works better than I would.
So after watching the video, and hearing how Pair Voting works, I would like to know your thoughts? Now obviously, if you’re a Conservative voter, you’re not going to like the strategy at all, and if you’re a left voter, you’ll likely be more open to it. The mechanics of the system look good on paper, however I seriously question how it would work in reality. What guarantee do you have that the individual you are matched with, will follow through and vote for the party you would like them to. It seems to me, that you could promise to vote for one party, but check another once in the voting booth. That’s the beauty of the secret ballot.
I fully agree that our voting system is flawed… VERY flawed. We have seen polls showing the recent NDP surge, but come election day, there is little chance that they will finish ahead of the Liberals. The Conservatives could also win a majority government on a very small percentage of the popular vote. Those two things are not good. Seats should in some way be related to vote share. That would shoot the Bloc in the foot majorly.
But electoral reform in this country is far off. In fact, I would be optimistic in saying I would see a change in the next 25 years. I think we are stuck with it. So it makes sense that disgruntled voters will continue to come up with methods to circumvent a messed up electoral system. I doubt it will have an impact, but I give the founders props for trying. I live in Calgary, and as we know, Calgary is Conservative country. I think it is highly unlikely that you’ll see anything but Conservatives elected again. And unless I plan to vote for the Conservatives (maybe I will, maybe I won’t) my vote is a waste.
But isn’t that how democracy works? Some people vote for the winner and some vote for the loser. It’s not a difficult concept. And at the end of the day, the party with the most votes will likely form the government, so we shouldn’t complain too heavily about that.