Sunday, October 18, 2015

Your vote doesn't matter.


There's an election coming. In lots of ways, it's already over. Unless Kevin Sorenson moves to Syria or forgets to file his nomination papers he's going back to Ottawa.
In fact, 120 of the 338 ridings in this election already (as of 2015-08-12) have a frontrunner with a projected 90% or better chance of winning. For voters in those ridings, this election was over before it started.
You will be encouraged to vote. You might even be told your vote matters. For over a third of Canadian voters, including Battle River—Crowfoot, that won't be true, at least in terms of influencing the composition of the House of Commons.
For people in these 'done deal' ridings, whether you pick the winner or not, you will not influence the outcome of the election.
A 'win-more' vote for the Conservatives matters exactly as much as a write-in vote for Santa Claus.
And that's disappointing, because the system can't tell the difference between winning a riding with 95% of the vote and winning a close three-way race with 35% support.
If we want the dēmos (people) to kratia (rule), which is the point of democracy, we should use a system that represents the wishes of Canadians as closely as possible.
This is not that system.
So unless you read this from a riding that's actually competitive, you can snuggle into a warm blanket of ignorance and bliss because your vote doesn't matter.

For the sake of democracy, responsible governance and the future of our country, it really should.

Originally published 2015-08-12, and targeted at Battle River—Crowfoot. If you're in one of the swing ridings, your vote matters a lot.

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