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Signs of electoral reform but it's not in UK

November 15, 2020 12:10 PM
By Bryan Lewis

The UK, especially England, has some unfair electoral procedures but for weirdness you have to cross the Atlantic to the USA where you don't need to win the most votes to become president. The Electoral College gets in the way so that in 2016 Hilary Clinton had over 3 million more votes than Donald Trump but didn't become president.

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The states choose how to run their elections and some took the chance this year to become more democratic and to make their results more representative. They held referendums to implement ranked choice voting (RCV). This is a method of voting that allows voters the option to rank candidates in order of preference e.g. first choice, second choice, third choice and so on. The winning candidate must secure over 50% backing in the final round.

These positive reforms show that democracy is something that is to be fought for. Here in the UK, we can see the different ways our democracy is under threat from a warped first the post voting system to the current Tory government's plans to introduce mandatory voter ID at elections - a plan that seems to be fresh out of the US voter suppression playbook.

But much like campaigners in the US, we know that positive changes can be won too - and what is starting to happen right now across the Atlantic should encourage the fight for a better democracy here.