Canada isn’t the only nation having an election in May. Folks in the United Kingdom go to the polls on May 5th — and when they do, they’ll not only be selecting their leaders, they’ll be voting on a referendum to change they way votes are counted. And this has the chance to really make your trip to the polling station, and the act of casting a vote, much more valuable.
You see, I find this interesting as I’d never really considered weighting my vote before. Yes, it makes perfect sense to rank your candidates in order of preference, but for some reason, it’s just not done here. If it were, I’d have much more interest in finding out more about the candidates in my riding and voting for the person, instead of the party or the leader.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out this video explaining the United Kingdom referendum on the voting process.
Note, this is a paid post (I get pennies per view; but only if you’re viewing the video from the UK) but frankly, I think it’s an interesting enough concept that we in Canada should look at and consider this type of system. I think it would make me feel that my vote is more meaningful.