Fair Vote Canada – Two Voting Systems
There are two types of voting systems in democratic countries: first-past-the-post (FPTP); and proportional representation (PR) which is the system used in most democracies world-wide. In FPTP, the winner of a constituency election is whichever candidate receives a plurality of votes – i.e., more votes than any other candidate. Governments are almost elected by a minority of voters, often about 40% of them. In PR systems, every vote helps elect someone and each party receives the same percentage of legislative seats as votes. Since parties hardly ever win a majority of votes or legislative seats, they create coalitions in order to form a government. Since such governments reflect the priorities of a majority of voters, they are more democratic. Fair vote Canada would like to invite you to a Zoom presentation on electoral reform hosted by Peter Black. April 6th at 7:30 pm, Zoom link below.
Mr. Black’s degrees are in Economics and Political Science. In 2001, he became a member of Fair Vote Canada (FVC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing about a PR system for provincial and federal elections. He served at that time for several years on the Executive of the National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter of FVC and on the National Council of FVC for six years. During the 2007 referendum on PR in Ontario, he coordinated the “Yes” campaign in Ottawa. Peter was recently re-elected as an executive member of the NCR Chapter of FVC.
Topic: Strengthening Democracy
Time: Apr 6, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 851 1555 2419