I didn’t realize that we would be getting a second shot at a referendum on our voting system. It looks we have a second chance to usher in the Single Transferable Vote (STV) into reality. I thought STV was a good idea, if not to at least get us a more proportional representation of our actual votes. However, I think it was the status quo that won last time. If a voter is not fully informed (and it’s admittedly hard to be fully informed these days given personal schedules), then they will more than likely vote for the status quo. However, I think STV can really offer a different alternative to our First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system that has been in place for a very, very long time.
However, there is one big knock against STV and it is that it is rather complicated on the surface and does not readily make sense to a person. The Citizens Assembly a few years ago decided on this system and their website provides a nice animation on how the voting system works. I was actually surprised when the Green Party came out against STV in favour of Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) government. I honestly think MMP is more convoluted because you get multiple MLAs/MPs for your one riding. I think that waters down the accountability. With STV, you still get one representative per riding, but if you really wanted to vote for your #1 choice, you still could. But you could also add in your #2 and #3, etc. choice if you wanted to. Watch the animation to understand better.
You can also check out the host of sites surrounding STV, both for and against: