Who Really Understands It?
I have a confession to make, despite following politics for years I could never get my head around the newer voting systems.
I suppose I’m more interested in the actual interaction of people and policies, rather than the mechanism, but I should know better. Old dog ? New tricks?
So as an aide-mémoire here’s a few pieces on the PR and various voting systems.
Proportional Representation, a backgrounder.
The single transferable vote (STV)
The additional member system (AMS)
The PR Library has a lot of material on these voting schemes.
How Proportional Representation elections work by Douglas J. Amy, a bit American but helpful in understanding some of the issues.
The Electoral Reform Society has a lot in its systems guide.
Unlike many others I don’t think PR is a panacea for the decline in voting and I’m a bit concerned that it could allow neofascist groupings to gain a foothold. I am still thinking about what might be the least worst alternative.