By Stephen Johnson
What is the best way to rig an election? Do you steal blank ballot papers and fill them in? The more sophisticated way is to fix how the ballots are counted – and that is why, if you care about democracy, you should care about electoral systems.
In the 2010 UK General Election, using FPTP, Labour got 29% of the votes in the election, but 40% of the votes in the Parliament. The Liberal Democrats got 23% of the votes in the election, but 9% of the votes in the Parliament. Fraud? Conspiracy? Arguably, but those who benefit hide behind a rotten electoral system known as ‘First past the post’.