Tweaks to Consider

Local Proportional Representation isn’t a done deal. There are ideas to consider that might make it better. Here’s a place to record them. If you have a suggestion, please drop Byron Weber Becker a line.

Please remember that we’re trying to satisfy many competing interests with Local PR and we do envision a two-phase implementation.

Adjustments to Counting

Antony Hodgson, President of Fair Voting B.C. wondered if the transfer of surplus votes was really necessary. It’s the most complicated part of the process and the easiest to get wrong.

A simulation of the 2015 election without the surplus transfer showed very nearly the same results in terms of cross-Canada proportionality – in fact, they were slightly more proportional.

More study needs to be done, particularly at the regional level when one popular candidate receives many more than one quota of votes.