Voter Power

Voter Power is the work of web designer Martin Petts, who is promoting the vital issue of electoral reform. 

HOW POWERFUL IS YOUR VOTE?

Using research from the New Economics Foundation, the site reveals that Labour won the 2005 election with only 35.3% of voters. More than half of all voters voted against the winning MP. "Their votes were simply thrown away," says Petts.

The site draws attention to the fact that only voters in marginal seats have any power to influence the result of the general election. Fewer than 20% of constituencies in the UK can be considered marginal. Or less than one fifth of the population.



ONE VOTER, LESS THAN ONE VOTE

Voter Power allows you to discover the worth of your vote compared to the national average. Put in your postcode or constituency and discover the reality that faces you on May 6th. The result given by Vote Power is "based on the probability of the seat changing hands and its size." In far too many cases there is little chance of that.

Martin Petts is doing excellent work with this website. We all need to realise that under the first past the post system the majority of our votes count for nothing. Unless we have electoral reform the parliamentary system will remain as it has been for generations. And nothing can change. 

14 April 2010
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