Saturday, September 27, 2008

STV wins in Wellington

Wellington residents have voted to retain STV rather than return to the old "block vote" (FPP) electoral system. Good. STV is proportional and democratic, and allows citizens to elect the representatives they want. By contrast, the block vote (which we still suffer under in Palmerston North) allows a narrow plurality to leverage itself into absolute victory. Readopting FPP would have been a serious step back for democracy, and I'm glad Wellingtonians showed more sense.

[Hat tip: Poneke]