Regarding Voting Reform Debate One Landslide Away’, J(The Daily News, Sept. 28). Is it possible to have an exaggerated majority and a wrong winner at the same time? We may find out.
Voting reform may well be on the political radar after May 2013. However being on the radar is a long way from actual debate and advocacy.
Politicos will be against any alternative which does not give majority with the 40 per cent of the popular vote. Pundits and chatterers will pontificate and chatter about reform, but very few are likely to advocate for reform. Who rejigged STV? The 2009 referendum was defeated, in part because of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, which eclipsed memories of 1996 and 2001. That STV was “too complicated,” claimed the media, implying the voters are only capable of using a “simple” voting system.
So how do you propose to overcome a press in opposition, pundits and chatterers who only mention reform and voters wrestling with trivialized important facts and sensationalized unimportant facts and totally opposing claims?