Essay Democratic Legitimacy Of The Vote

977 Words Oct 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Under alternative vote, each riding elects one Member of Parliament . Voters rank candidates in order of preference. The winning candidate must have the support of a majority of voters in the riding, if necessary via a transfer of votes from eliminated candidates. If a candidate has a majority of first choice votes in a riding, they are declared the winner. If no one has a majority, the last place candidate is eliminated, and their votes are reallocated to the voters’ next choice on the ballot. This process of elimination and shifting who gets the vote from a ballot continues until someone gets a majority of votes.
From a voters point of view, this process of how the winner is determined is irrelevant, the effect is that a voter will have cast their vote against one of the two most popular candidates in the election, to help decide which of them wins the seat. Simply put, Alternate vote, unlike FPTP that crowning a winner, it rejects the loser. This can be viewed as a reinforcement of democratic legitimacy of the government.
Alternative vote is similar to our current single-member plurality system to which Canadians are accustomed, this proves to be beneficial as it will facilitate the transition and implementation of a new voting platform. Ridings will retain the current boundaries and are still represented by a single person, whom residents of the riding can regard as their own Member of Parliament. Voters still vote for candidates representing parties rather than for…

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