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Voting system does not make this easy

December 19, 2019 3:20 PM
By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

Dear Sir,

Your latest editorial on political leaders makes the case for electoral reform in the form of preferential voting.

The electorate have a hard choice to make and I think often vote in the hope of influencing the future government in their preferred way.

Our present system of voting does not make this easy with tactical voting the main way, apart from voting for your preferred candidate who might or might not have any chance of winning.

A conditional mandate is I think the best response to your words and our system is not the optimum way of achieving that.

A preferential voting system in which you rank the candidates makes it more likely that no one party will achieve a working majority.

Let's hope the saying absolute power corrupts absolutely does not apply to present circumstances.

Yours faithfully,