The Relay System is a 'Fully Representative' system using weighted voting, which updates and improves
the existing electoral system 'First Past the Post'.
Using the Relay System in a General Election you would vote no differently than you do presently, electing
your MP, for your constituency, the difference is how MPs vote in the House of Commons, instead of one vote each, each MP
would have a number of votes.
When voting in a General
Election with the Relay System you would in effect pass your vote to the candidate of your choice in your constituency and
if they win the most votes in the constituency they become your MP and keep your vote and all the other votes they collected
as ‘Constituency’ votes.
However if your candidate
does not win they pass your vote along with all the other votes they collected to their party and these are grouped together
as ‘Party’ votes with all the other votes collected by candidates from that party who did not win in their respective
Once voting is completed and all the results
and MPs confirmed each party’s ‘Party’ votes are divided amongst their MPs.
Each MP therefore has his ‘Constituency’ votes to which are added his portion of the ‘Party’
votes to give them their ‘Total’ vote.
the Relay System each MP would use their ‘Total’ vote when voting in the House of Commons, rather than the single
vote they now have.
With the Relay System, the constituency
link to your MP and the way you vote would not change but you would gain a representative system that treats all the electorate's
votes equally regardless of their location, the size of their constituency and the demographics of their party's supporters.
So virtually all the electorate's votes would count rather than just be counted!
We need electoral reform because governments
in the 21st century will need to make far more difficult policy decisions concerning security, the environment and the future
welfare of it's citizens than ever before. For these policies to succeed government will need the consent and support
of the population and to obtain these governments will need to be recognized as being fairly elected and representative.
The Labour government elected to govern
the United Kingdom in the 2005 election had only 36% of the aggregate vote but had a majority of 66 in the House of Commons
and governed until 2010, even though they barely had the votes of one in five of those eligible to vote in the UK. On average
25,858 votes were required to elect a Labour MP and 44,241 for a Conservative MP whilst a Liberal Democrat MP required 98,484
This is not a fair and representative government!