The Experts Discuss Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote — 7pm, Thursday 7 Apr 2016

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Poster for event: Proportional Represenation vs. Alternative VoteHello FairVoting Friends,

On Thursday night, 7 April 2016 we have the opportunity to hear two of Canada’s leading experts on electoral systems discuss the electoral system they prefer and why.

Join Prof. Barry Kay (Laurier) and Prof. Dennis Pilon (York) as they talk about Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote, moderated by Waterloo City Councillor Diane Freeman. It will be an educational and interesting discussion as well as a chance to have your questions answered by experts on electoral systems. We start at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber of Kitchener City Hall. The event is free.

What: A discussion of AV vs. PR by two of Canada’s leading experts on electoral reform
When: Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Council Chamber, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. West, Kitchener Map
Why: We all need to educate ourselves on the options

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Hope you can join us!

Best regards, Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR


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3 comments to The Experts Discuss Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote — 7pm, Thursday 7 Apr 2016

  • Chupacabra asked What s the difference between a Proportional Representation voting system and Alternative Vote?

    Proportional Representation isn’t any one particular voting system, but it’s a principle that results in a parliament or legislature that reflects what the voters actually voted for. For example, if 39% of the votes are cast for one particular party then that party should have 39% of the seats. That’s not happening in our current system, where the Liberals received 39% of the votes but got 54% of the seats. Examples of proportional systems are Single Transferable Vote or Mixed Member Proportional.

    Alternative Vote (also known as Instant Runoff Voting or Preferential Ballot, and often incorrectly called “Ranked Ballot”) is a particular way of counting ballots. The ballots let the voter rate the candidate from 1 to 5 (or however many candidates are running). The first choices are counted, and if no one candidate wins 50% or more then the ballots for the candidate with the lowest votes are recounted for the second choices, which are added to the first count. Again, if no one candidate wins 50% or more then the lowest candidate’s ballots are recounted for their second (or third) choice. This continues until one candidate has 50% of the votes, and is declared the winner. Alternative Vote is not a Proportional voting system.

    –Bob Jonkman

  • Chupacabra

    What s the difference between a Proportional Representation voting system and Alternative Vote?

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