Off to vote
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June 7th, 2009 – by: Adrian_Liston
I am of to vote today, in my first European elections. Who should I vote for? I like the position that Groen! takes on social and environment matters, but I am less fond of their policy of gratuitous exclamation point usage. Perhaps SP-A or SLP? One of the down sides of the proportional list system used in Belgium is that I will only be able to tell in retrospect if my decision was not strategic. If Groen! ends up with 2.1 quotas and SP-A with 1.9 quotas a vote for Groen! instead of SP-A would have been entirely wasted. Having three progressive-left parties splits their quotas, if all three end up with 3.9 quotes the progressive-left will get a total of 9 seats, while a preference system would merge their quotas (to 11.7 quotas) and give them an extra two seats. Or can a party already use its surplus quota to "vote" for a like-minded party? Less democratic than direct preference voting, but it woud give a more representative result without changing the ballot.
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