As the Conservatives dance around the 40% mark in the polls, which in our first-past-the-post democracy-like system means a majority government, there is something the concerned voter can do – vote swap. In a vote swap, voters in different ridings agree to “swap” votes in order to increase the chances of securing a victory in both ridings. It works best for voters who are concerned that someone, not mentioning any names, might become a majority-PM because the Left is a bit scattered these days. For instance, I might be an NDP supporter willing to throw my vote to the Greens or Liberals if it meant securing a victory for a non-Conservative candidate in my riding. In the swap, I offer up my vote to a Liberal or Green in a riding in which an NDP is in a tough race with a CPC candidate.
Vote swaps work best when loads of people get organized. To that end, an enterprising fellow has started a Facebook group to organize one. If you’re interested, sign up here. In the absence of a suitable representative system, this will have to do. For now.