The referendum result: http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/ge2005/finalrefresults.htm A threshold of 60% in favour was required to succeed, so the proposal failed narrowly with 57.69% voting for it.
If such a threshold is appropriate for referenda, is it not even more necessary for the election of a government?
The UK Government was elected with less than 40% of the popular vote in 2005. Surely a threshold should be at least 50%, and arguably higher.
Further, perhaps legislation should be passed on a higher threshold than a simple majority of Members of Parliament.
Makes Votes Count is the coalition that campaigns for a referendum on a more representative voting system. It has brought together all the organisations campaigning for reform, these are: Charter88, Christian Socialist Movement, Electoral Reform Society, Fawcett Society, Green Party, Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform, the Liberal Democrats, New Politics Network, and Plaid Cymru. Make Votes Count also has over ten thousand individual supporters.
Our goal is to reform the House of Commons with a voting system that balances the principles of:
* Broad proportionality
* Stable government
* Extending voter choice
* Maintaining a constituency link.
Cartoon courtesy of Canadians for Direct Democracy
You need more than one letter to make a word
More than one word to make a sentence
More than one sentence to make a paragraph
More than one paragraph to make a chapter
More than one chapter to make a book
An article on Democracy by Anthony Davis, including a suggestion that Members of Parliament should vote by secret ballot. If the secret ballot removes coercion and corruption from the electorate, it is even more vital to ensure the integrity of our representatives.
Report of a local referendum in Swaffham http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/08/10/nbook10.xml
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