ndp 2013

milklovecoffee  asked:

Can you explain to me what "vote splitting" means? How can this help me when I vote?

Good explanation from Wikipedia:

Vote splitting is an electoral effect in which the distribution of votes among multiple similar candidates reduces the chance of winning for any of the similar candidates, and increases the chance of winning for a dissimilar candidate.

Usually this rears its head as 1 right leaning political party and 2 or 3 left leaning parties.

What happens in this scenario, is that those who align on the right side of the political spectrum, all vote for 1 party, while those on the left, vote for different parties.

Because the left’s votes are split, even if there are more voters opposed to this right leaning party, they can easily be elected because no single other party has more votes than the right leaning party.

In a lot of cases, the ridings that the NDP lost in the 2013 election could have been won if the BC Greens voters supported them.

How can this help? If your goal is to remove the BC Liberals from office, check out the riding projections, here and vote for the party that is expected to have the best chance of beating the BC Liberal candidate. This is usually the BC NDP, but in a few ridings its the Greens.

cocaine-heart-and-soul  asked:

I'm trying my best to be a fully informed voter and I've done my best to look at the pros and cons of all the parties but I've had difficulties finding anything bad about the BC NDP that's running in this election and I'd love your help on this!

I’m biased and am an NDP supporter, but even many past BC Liberals are intending on voting for the BC NDP this time around (or at the very least support ousting the BC Liberals).

I think they’ve run a very smooth campaign. I haven’t seen any really problematic candidates or scandals, and they have a costed, progressive platform.

There are some concerns on the budget remaining balanced based on the current government’s spending or how the economy performs, but that’s really the only serious criticism I’ve seen.

There were a lot of serious concerns about the NDP’s campaign in 2013. I’m not seeing the same criticism this time around.