Here are a few sticking points for me
- A voter has a lot more work to do under STV. In the past I had 1 vote for 1 MLA from a list of 2-5 candidates. Which usually meant that I’d learn about two of them, and select one.
In my STV district there would be 4 MLAs. That means that I’ve got to learn a minimum of 4 candidates. ( That translates into a minimum of double the work! ) Most likely triple the work with learning about 6 candidates to choose 4. This more work is a non-starter for me … I also think it will result in less people voting.
- How do the 2-7 MLAs share duties in a district? It feels like they’ll be more accountable to their party and province than their region (ie me). If the region is homogenous this is ok, but if not …
Where Am I Now?
The more I think about it the more I lean towards “No”.
Having to become comfortable with significantly more candidates is a non-starter. Couple that with the insecurity of not knowing where the MLAs priorities lie doesn’t help.