Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

What's Your Voting Experience? Help Build Our Interactive Map!

I've got a new map where you can share your voting experience with the world!

Is our current voting system particularly unfair to your area? Do you live in a safe seat and cast votes that never count? Have you had to worry about strategic voting or vote-splitting in your riding? Do you have some interesting stats that show how akward and inefficient our current system is?

Let's hear about it!

Click on the link below to visit the map. It's only Southern Ontario at the moment, Northern Ontario will be coming soon!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lurching Video Version 2

Hi folks, this is a better version of my lurching animation in my view, because the word "policy" appears nowhere, and the word "system" appears as little as possible.

I'm always looking for more ideas on ways to visualize this referendum... post away!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Left in the Lurch: Animation

A little animation I cooked up on "lurching".

With a relatively small change in popular vote, our First-Past-The-Post system has us lurching from one extreme to another (think Bob Rae to Mike Harris). In the most recent election, the Liberals doubled their seat-count to form a majority government on a 6.6% increase at the ballot box.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Mapping Wasted Votes: First-Past-The-Post in Ontario

Northern Ontario

Western Ontario

Eastern Ontario

Toronto & Area

Ontario's current voting system, known as first-past-the-post, sees each riding elect the member with the most votes, but not necessarily a majority of votes. The remaining ballots, often over half, are sent to the trash bin, with no effect on the outcome of the election.

This might not be such a bad thing, you might say, if discarded ballots from my riding were cancelled out by a similar number of discarded ballots for another party in another riding. Unfortunately, things are usually far from equal in FPTP, with one party benefiting significantly, and most others being short-changed.

Learn more at www.voteforMMP.ca.

See an error? Let me know if numbers in your riding are incorrect!