Welcome to the sixth edition of Lego my Vote!
Saskatchewan's provincial election shows us, once again, how First-Past-The-Post distorts voter intention.
Here's the breakdown of the actual votes in Saskatchewan:
The Saskatchewan Party did really well, but almost one in three voters chose the NDP and more than 15,000 voters preferred the Liberals.
In a 61-seat parliament, based on the popular vote, this is the parliament that Saskatchewan should have ended up with:
But, this is what they got, under First-Past-the-Post:
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NOTE: Many countries that use PR have a minimum threshold for winning seats. It's usually in the range of 3-5%, which means that, using the exact popular vote that each party received from voters, the Greens and PC wouldn't have won any seats. BUT, under a fair voting system it's likely that the raw numbers would have changed. Without "strategic voting", the smaller parties would have each received a much higher proportion of the vote, and won even more seats than shown here.