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LETTER – Tired of skewing of votes in First Past the Post system

Most of our everyday world runs on one person, one vote, which is proportional representation (PR).

How so? When union members vote on a new contract, the person with high seniority and the person fresh out of school each get one equally-weighted vote. When teachers vote on a new contract, the ballot from the teacher nearing retirement carries the same weight as the on-call teacher looking for their first full-time contract.

The same goes for every professional association and trade union. There is no skewing the votes. No sub-group receives 39% of the votes and magically gets 54% of the decision-making, giving them 100% of the power, the exact skewing we regularly see in our FPTP elections.

Why do we accept this voodoo magic in our most important forum, our elected governments?? We don’t have to and I’m tired of it. Vote for PR this fall.

TOM RANKIN

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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