These figures show exactly how undemocratic our electoral system is

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Saturday 14 December 2019 15:15

It's not going to be new information to anyone that our first-past-the-post system creates a serious disparity between what people actually vote for and what our parliament ends up looking like.

But these figures doing the rounds on Twitter shows just how bad things are.

According to the Electoral Reform Society, it took nearly 900,000 votes to elect one green MP, compared to, for example, 38,300 votes to elect a Conservative MP.

They write:

The Conservatives have won a majority on a minority of the vote, with an increase in seat share high above their increase in vote share.

The SNP have also been highly over-represented, while Liberal Democrat voters have been short changed.

People are understandably outraged, and #MakeSeatsMatchVotes has been trending all day.

Some have been sharing their own analyses of what different voting systems would have achieved in this election.

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