Over 6000 people registered for pair voting in last federal election, 2800 pairs made, and two riding results potentially altered.
Does this describe your situation this election?
- You are convinced the person or party representative you want to vote for won’t get elected
- You are tired of your vote not being represented in parliament
- You want to do something about it
Then consider pairing your vote with someone in another riding where you *could* make a difference. Pair voting has been used in the US and Canada in previous elections.
How pair vote works
1. You register here, stating your name, riding, preferred party to vote for, and other parties you are willing to vote for. (Coming soon – for now sign up on right side of page to be notified)
I want to vote for Green
I am willing to vote for NDP, Liberal
2. Later on, you will be paired up with someone in a riding where your Green vote has a better chance of making a difference. We will post details shortly on how matches are made – the whole process will be transparent.
You’ll have time to talk with this person and decide if you want to go ahead with pairing up your vote.
It’s easy to do and it’s legal. Yes, it’s also ridiculous that voters have to jump through hoops to sometimes make their vote count.
The voting system is the heart of representative democracy. It’s the tool citizens use to create government by the people, for the people, of the people.
A good voting system gives every citizen an equal vote. When every citizen’s vote has equal value, then parliaments can reflect the political will of the people.
If the voting system ignores or distorts what voters say, then democracy is compromised. Parliaments are not representative and governments cannot be properly accountable.
This is the core problem with the Canadian political system. Our 21st century democracy is hobbled with a dysfunctional 12th century voting system. Let’s work together to make a change.