The Protest vote:
For the past many elections, both Federal and Provincial, I’ve loathed entering the voting booth.
I have no one to vote for. The two entrenched parties are old, slow, and only partially represent my views. The candidates are often no more than party hacks or useless vassals.
So many times, I would like to, as a voter, register a protest vote. Somehow tell these candidates and parties that none of them are any good. That they all need to change.
At the very least, with a proportional system like BC-STV, I could do that. And here’s the proof.
Democracy can really suck sometimes. But nothing sucks more being forced to waste the right of universal suffrage that is still so precious and new in many parts of this world.
With STV, I could still hold my nose and vote for some party that at its core doesn’t really represent me, but at least in doing so I can register my disdain in a real way.
So, Scott Fraser, you better work hard for that 2nd or 3rd choice, because if you don’t, it’ll be Gillian Trumper instead! 😉