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wanderingbear
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missWiwid
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We need a different voting system

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Started: 2/27/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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wanderingbear

Pro

We need a new voting system.

Ultimately we use votes as a way to communicate with politicians the policies we are in favour of and the ones we are not, but I would argue this does not always happen.

Depending on the year, sometimes we are really in favour of one politician, other times we could vote for a number of candidates.

Having only one vote means we cannot signal preference intensity, and so gives government no real information of how much they are preferred or not.

My solution would be to have an approval voting system, whereby we vote for as many options as we like and are not limited to one.

This would provide a much stronger communication tool, would reduce asymmetric information in the voting system, and would provide greater benefits to the voter.
missWiwid

Con

well, the voting system is not have to change. it's mean that we don't need a different for voting system . I'm not sure with this sentences "This would provide a much stronger communication tool, would reduce asymmetric information in the voting system, and would provide greater benefits to the voter." it seem like not fair.
why?? because if the government itself make a new regulation will make a different on the voting system it will appear the complicated with others. and worst make complicated for the whole society and appear the discrimination.
what discrimination I mean? okay, for the example : Indonesia government make some new regulation on the voting system must use tool, about technology. so, how with the poor family? as we know that the poor people become confused about that. they don't know for the system it is. how make a voting with the new system? and worst nothing socialization for this.
So the point is, will make the whole voting system is broken. thank you
Debate Round No. 1
wanderingbear

Pro

You make a valid point. Changing the voting system would confuse a proportion of the population. This is certainly important because if voters cannot comprehend the new system they will simply not vote at all.

To change from a one vote system to a multiple vote one, is certainly not beyond comprehension however.

I feel it would strongly help concerned voters who feel strongly for a few parties and not simply one. Putting all you allegiance into one party results in other parties (probably the ones you are more in favour of) losing out because the one vote system leads to tactical voting.

To give an example, in the UK a person might be very much a supporter of the green party but because they know that the green party will never get enough votes to have a majority, they vote for labour or the lib dems instead so to not 'waste their vote'.

This means the results of the election don't properly reflect the opinions of the country (asymmetric information) and at its worst can lead to policies that the majority do not even want.
missWiwid

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
wanderingbear

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missWiwid

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