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STV+C

The STV+C Single Transferable Vote plus circuit representative scheme was proposed for BC? by Julian West, who presented it to the BC Citizens Assembly for Electoral Reform? in 2004.

West's original .doc submission(external link) and his .pdf supporting presentation(external link) and slides(external link) are an excellent example of how to present electoral reform options, analyze them, and provide examples.

However, West did not convince: The subsequent BC electoral reform referendum, 2005? did not present this scheme, but rather BC-STV, to the public. The popularity (over 57%) and broad appeal (77 of 79 current BC districts approving) suggest that some modification to STV, such as West's, might be acceptable, and further, that complexity is not really a barrier to citizen acceptance of a new voting system.

Accordingly, the BSTV+C+P and B5AV+C+P schemes refine West's approach to overcome some problems of simple STV schemes, notably lack of bioregion integrity, lack of any guarantee that minor party leaders get in a legislature. It also addresses some of the disadvantages of STV and MMPR to those independent candidates with no party, especially if they can signal their ideology, faction, or intent in a label they can clearly offer to the public.



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