PETITION

Enquiry into Preferential Voting

Dear Prime Minister and Premiers, many voters feel disenfranchised when the candidate who receives their first preference vote and gets the most primary votes, loses because preferences from other candidates results in a candidate winning who had a lower primary vote.

Please conduct an enquiry into preferential voting to determine whether it is fair and whether an alternative system may be more equitable to voters.

Who's signing

Donna Filson
Frank P Mcenroe
Di Jones
Glenn Lee
Paul Turner
Jessie Dean
Matt Leonard
Heather Searle
Steve Mcconnell
Toni Van De Lustgraaf
Barry Halstead
Patricia Lanes
Denise Fiegert
Diane Savill
Emma Lawson
Stephanie Majewski
Vanessa Homan
Phyllis Hannaford
Liam Leonard
Craig Evans
Janice Woods
Neil Hamilton
John Capp
Bronwyn Schulz
30 signatures

WILL YOU ADD YOUR SIGNATURE?

  • Donna Filson
    signed 2019-05-28 12:33:45 +1000
  • Frank P Mcenroe
    signed 2019-05-25 09:16:51 +1000
    WE need to change the system if we are to have just one vote for one Party, in the UK the DUP received a total of just over 200.000 votes they won 10 seats, and control the government, two other Party’s received almost 4.000.000 votes each they won 1 seat, that’s the same as having a cricket match where 1 team has 11 players and the other team 168 players . in India the PM s Party received 200.000.000 votes said to be a landslide win, yet 700.000.000 did not vote for him, that’s how the one voting system works, the minority always win, and that is why there is so much corruption in politics,
  • Di Jones
    signed 2019-05-25 09:09:23 +1000
    The voting system here in Australia is a farce. One person one vote.
  • Glenn Lee
    signed 2019-05-25 08:08:41 +1000
  • Paul Turner
    signed 2019-05-24 22:02:01 +1000
    sick of this preferential voting crap,,I vote for a particular person I’m sick of my vote finishing up with someone I didnt want in the first place,,first past the post wins the race,,only competition on earth where a person with the least votes to their name can win the race,,bloody ludicrous
  • Jessie Dean
    signed 2019-05-24 14:38:02 +1000
  • Matt Leonard
    signed 2019-05-24 12:24:20 +1000
  • Heather Searle
    signed 2019-05-24 10:22:49 +1000
  • Steve Mcconnell
    signed 2019-05-23 20:18:38 +1000
  • Toni Van De Lustgraaf
    signed 2019-05-23 20:02:55 +1000
  • Barry Halstead
    signed 2019-05-23 17:38:58 +1000
  • Patricia Lanes
    signed 2019-05-23 16:39:58 +1000
  • Denise Fiegert
    signed 2019-05-23 03:09:57 +1000
    No more preference voting
  • Diane Savill
    signed 2019-05-23 01:01:18 +1000
  • Emma Lawson
    signed via 2019-05-22 16:56:59 +1000
  • Stephanie Majewski
    signed 2019-05-22 14:46:18 +1000
  • Vanessa Homan
    signed 2019-05-22 05:43:24 +1000
  • Phyllis Hannaford
    signed 2019-05-22 04:00:44 +1000
  • Liam Leonard
    signed 2019-05-21 20:18:23 +1000
    Preferential votes is a dictatorship for the 2 party preffered system. We should also get to vote for a prime minister. We should be voting for our leader. Not the parties leader they dictate to us. 8 prime ministers in 4 years.
  • Craig Evans
    signed 2019-05-21 02:09:29 +1000
  • Janice Woods
    signed 2019-05-20 15:00:20 +1000
    We need this before the next election.

    Preferential voting is past its use by now. Time to look at an alternative which the major parties are unable to manipulate our votes
  • Neil Hamilton
    signed 2019-02-13 16:52:34 +1100
    Abolish preferential voting and bring in the candidate with the most votes wins ( first past the post )
  • John Capp
    signed 2019-02-12 12:42:44 +1100
    Your vote is for who you voted for only this vote should not go to any other candidates if the person doesn’t get enough votes.
  • Bronwyn Schulz
    signed 2019-02-12 12:00:52 +1100
    Preferential voting takes away the voters right to choose because of backroom deals.

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  • followed A fair voting system 2021-06-15 10:17:44 +1000

  • commented on A fair voting system 2021-06-04 08:44:15 +1000
    The statement: “The winning candidate is the most preferred or least disliked candidate by the entire electorate” is simply incorrect as can be easily proved. The fact is that the preferential voting system is seriously flawed because it effectively ignores last and near-last preferences.

    Now preferential VOTING is the best system available. Period. However: the so-called ‘counting’ method is seriously biased towards 1st preferences while totally ignoring last preferences. The result is that a candidate can “win the wooden spoon” as being the MOST DISLIKED candidate by a healthy margin and YET be declared the ‘winner after preferences’ by a narrow margin.

    This is proved in simple numerical examples at https colon slash slash tinyurl dot com slash ElectoralReformOz all one word. This is not just an obscure theoretical problem: it is a real issue that can and does gets candidates elected AGAINST the voters preferences. The above link shows that 3 of the 25 MLAs elected in the 2020 ACT election were elected against voters preferences – and the link names those wrongly elected and those wrongly eliminated including giving the exact counts showing how the eliminated candidate won against the ‘elected’ candidate in a virtual one-on-one run-off election as determined by the actual preference votes at the ElectionsACT website.

    The link also introduces the authors Average Preference Rating (APR) system of fairly counting preferential votes to guarantees to always exactly follow whatever preferences voters have marked. APR allows SPLIT Partial Preferential voting which allows voters to mark their first few, and their last few, preferences: the SPLIT option makes it easier for voters faced with ballot papers such as vote 1-32 Above the Line, Or 1-140 below the line.

    APR is very VERY fast to count provided that all votes are SCANNED &/OR DIGITISED. Votes could be scanned on site and a VERY small file uploaded from each polling place and amalgamated very quickly at the main electoral office. The reason for the small file size and speed of counting is that no votes are ever distributed, every preference mark is taken into account and the system is totally fair. The system easily allows multiple parallel audit trails that make election fraud extremely difficult – it ist even possible to allow a voter to check that their particular vote was actually counted and recorded correctly in the count by using unique random vote IDs generated when the voter votes – plus candidates, parties and media could get near real-time info re individual polling booths or electorate tallies as votes are counted. The system allows even a close Australian Federal Senate Election results to be available within hours of polls closing.

  • followed A fair voting system 2021-06-04 08:44:11 +1000

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