The government wants to make it more difficult for you to vote in elections. They’re hoping to make it impossible for you to cast your ballot unless you show photo ID. They claim it will stop voter fraud. But out of 32,000,000 votes in the 2019 general election, there was no case of one voter impersonating another. Does that sound like a problem to you? The real problem is that your vote doesn’t always count in our first-past-the-post electoral system.
Proportional representation – better known as “fair votes” – would make every vote count equally, says Iona Harte (pictured), a former Worthing Borough councillor. “The present voting system distorts democracy and denies voters real choice,” Iona says. If the last general election had been fought with PR the Conservatives would have won 283 seats instead of 319, Labour 208 (202) and the Liberal Democrats 75 (11), she points out. “With MPs from other parties, that would have been enough to prevent a disastrous hard Brexit or the chaos of three hopeless prime ministers,” she adds. “So, let’s make our electoral system fairer. Let’s end wasted votes. Let’s ensure everyone who wants to vote feels that they are valued and empowered - and let’s make their vote count.”