Friday, May 15, 2009

Complexity does not sell voting systems - Calgary Herald

Complexity does not sell voting systems:

W hatever the merits of B. C.'s rejected plan to reform the way it elects MLAs and stimulate voter participation, it had one fatal flaw.

Unlike the status quo--the candidate with the most votes wins--Single Transferable Vote cannot be fully understood in 10 seconds. This is not to suggest that something that's easy to explain is necessarily best.

But for political science professors, policy wonks, and earnest citizens who take their civic duties seriously enough to figure it out, complexity is not a problem. For citizens whose daily bread is not politics, it is.

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