Letter: Poor voter turnout shows flaws of first past the post


Re: Tushar Jain’s letter of Oct. 28 (‘Dismayed to see democracy taken for granted’):

article continues below

Jain expressed a common conclusion among voters. The inherent flaws of the first past the post electoral system are low voter turnout, wasted votes and distorted results.

Politicians want us to believe in voter apathy, laying the blame for low voter turnout on the voters.

Another explanation is voters have disengaged, as in made a reasoned decision to not participate because the system does not allow our real participation. Disengagement lays the blame on politicians responsible for not providing adequate participation to want to continue voting.

Advocates of first past the post have the power of the press on their side. Advocates of electoral reform have to use another form advocacy. What could it be? A majority of voters have a superficial understanding of politics, thus being compliant and complacent.

I came across this in a science fiction novel: “Ignorance can be fixed, stupidity is forever.”

How to get voters to understand the media is bamboozling voters with untruths, half-truths and lies in order to keep the politicians in power?

One wonders why the politicians cannot understand (or choose to not understand) that electoral reform would be in their own best interest — and ours.

Ray Jones


© Kamloops This Week



Question of the Week POLL

Given the COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital, how comfortable would you be going in for treatment there?

or  view results

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar

Help Us Help Kamloops. Support Local Media.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. Kamloops This Week has always been a free product and will continue to be free. This is a means for those who can afford to support local media to help ensure those who can’t afford to can get access to trusted local information. You can make a one-time or a monthly donation of any amount and cancel at any time .

NEW: For every donation of $25 or greater, we will offer a digital advertising package to the local non-profit group of your choice.

Click on https://support.kamloopsthisweek.com for more information or to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your support.