Election Shambles

The election shambles that is currently going on in Scotland was all too predictable. Indeed, I commented yesterday to someone that I thought it would be difficult. I don’t trust the electronic counting system. In a close vote, which this appears to be, you need the smallest margin for error possible.

Ways to solve the problems –

  • Go back to real people counting the votes.
  • Single Transferable Vote system for all elections.

I’d prefer┬ánot to have the council and Holyrood elections separated as I think that it would result in low turnouts for the council elections, but separating them has to be considered too in the light of the fact that people seemed unable to tell the difference between the ballot papers. Of course, one of the ways to solve low turnouts for council elections is to give local authorities more powers so that it matters more to more people.

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