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What people are saying about MMP...

"Fringe parties who have trouble electing a single candidate will be given not one but four seats for hitting the 3% threshold of the popular vote count" - Robert White, Kitchener, ON

Saturday October 06, 2007 at 14:45
Electoral reform rewards unelected

Saturday October 06, 2007 at 14:42
The wrong kind of electoral reform

Saturday October 06, 2007 at 14:37
Just say no to new election system

Saturday October 06, 2007 at 14:28
10 reasons to say no to MMP

Friday October 05, 2007 at 12:01
Why MMP shifts power from people to parties

Friday October 05, 2007 at 11:58
I'll be voting 'NO' for MMP

Friday October 05, 2007 at 11:55
MMP system seriously flawed

Friday October 05, 2007 at 11:55
MMP system is flawed

Friday October 05, 2007 at 11:51
First-past-the-post ain't broke

Friday October 05, 2007 at 11:49
A force for division

Wednesday October 03, 2007 at 23:26
Electoral reform a backward step

Wednesday October 03, 2007 at 23:23
Jonathan Kay on why Andrew Coyne is wrong about proportional representation

Wednesday October 03, 2007 at 23:21
Would MMP be an upgrade?

Wednesday October 03, 2007 at 23:20
MMP less fair

Wednesday October 03, 2007 at 23:19
Vote no to new MMP system

Wednesday October 03, 2007 at 23:17
NDP leader says electoral reform proposal is doomed in Ontario

Sunday September 30, 2007 at 11:29
MMP proponent doubtful measure will be approved

Sunday September 30, 2007 at 11:29
Fearing the fringe

Sunday September 30, 2007 at 11:21
MMP only creates more problems

Friday September 28, 2007 at 09:33
Electoral system not broken

Friday September 28, 2007 at 09:32
Electoral system change a risky move

Friday September 28, 2007 at 09:31
Vote no to MMP

Friday September 28, 2007 at 09:30
Electoral system works fine

Friday September 28, 2007 at 09:29
Why I'm voting against MMP

Tuesday September 25, 2007 at 12:02
Dissenter says MMP would hurt democracy

Tuesday September 25, 2007 at 12:01
Mitchell campaigns on MMP

Monday September 24, 2007 at 00:22
Electoral reform takes the joy out of politics

Friday September 21, 2007 at 11:03
AEFO tells its members to vote NO to MMP

Friday September 21, 2007 at 11:00
Should we change the system?; No

Friday September 21, 2007 at 10:58
Former MPP calls electoral reform divisive

QUESTION

The Yes Side is saying that MMP will get rid of tactical voting. Is it possible for electoral reform to stop citizens from voting strategically?

ANSWER

Absolutely not. No electoral system can eliminate tactical voting. To suggest otherwise is completely erroneous.

Tactical voting is when a voter supports Party or Candidate A, but instead votes for Party B to stop Party C from winning. This happens all the time in FPTP, but it can still happen in the 90 seats that will still be contested in the same way as we have in our current electoral system.

It is also possible to vote tactically for the party lists. Remember that the ratio between constituency seats and list seats is about 70% / 30% under this proposed MMP system. This means that the larger parties that pick up more seats than their vote proportion at the constituency level will usually not be entitled to any list seats.

This means that smaller parties are more likely to get these lists seats. This gives voters, especially those who support large parties, a strategic incentive to vote for a small party that could be a potential coalition partner with the large party they might support.

This happens in Germany all the time. Supporters of the conservative Christian Democratic Union often vote for smaller like-minded parties so that they get list seats, since they realize that voting for the CDU list will work to elect small parties that would not be interested in forming a coalition with them.

This is an example of tactical voting. Some Germans support the CDU but vote for small conservative parties to stop other small parties from winning seats. MMP does nothing to get rid of tactical voting.