Hey USAmercicans, I hear from some of you that you think your election systems are a bit shit:
If every US state had one of these, to run their internal elections, then federal elections could be run as a collaboration between them. Also, proportional representation is cool, but in hindsight I wish NZ had gone for #STV rather than #MMP.
@strypey isn't STV effectively proportional, too?
@Wolf480pl yes, sorry for the ambiguity, both #MMP and #STV are forms of #ProportionalRepresentation. In #NZ we use MPP for central government elections, and STV for some local/ regional council elections. Having now voted in both styles of election, and seen the wider political effects (we've had MMP since the 1990s), I think STV is the better system.
@Wolf480pl when #NZ was proposing to bring in proportional representation, there was a lot of concern that replacing "tick a box" with "put numbers in a bunch of boxes" would confuse people, and maybe even put them off voting at all. "Tick two boxes" was held to be an easier transition. I don't think this theory has panned out, because to under the two votes, you have to understand "party list MPs", "overhang seats", the 5% threshold for representation, the "coattail rule" exception to it etc
We are a cute and loving international community Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ !