Voters are a largely disenchanted lot. And the reasons why are numerous. People are turned off by partisan bickering and attack ads. People want to vote with their principles but are told that if they do so, they are 'splitting the vote' and they should instead vote for someone else. And the parties themselves rarely change between elections and the faces that represent them don't change that much either, especially when you only glace at them from a distance.
There are those who chide people for not voting. They pronounce that people will 'lose their right to complain' if they don't vote. They pronounce that young people 'just don't care' about politics. And that's wrong because the problem isn't with the people of Ontario.
The problem is with the first past-the-post voting system, as beautifully illustrated in this video:
People want to vote 'for something' and if that's not there, they are not going to vote.
This Ontario election, I voted *for something*. I voted for the party that promised to bring ranked ballots to municipal elections.
- Eliminates vote splitting
- Reduces strategic voting
- Ensures majority support
- Discourages negative campaigning
- Provides more choice for voters
It even works wonders in the Animal Kingdom. And the United States.
If all goes well, there will be ranked ballot elections in Toronto in 2018. Already, similar campaigns to bring ranked ballots to the voters in Barrie, Ottawa, Vancouver, and London have begun.
Is it time to bring a 123Campaign to Windsor? I really don't know. To find out, I'm going to ask the candidates for Mayor and City Council come September 12th, to help me decide how I'm going to vote in October.