Our electoral system is broken and needs reform.At the last local elections in May 2016, the Labour Party secured 36.56% of the vote in Bristol.
 A proportional representation of this vote share (70
councillors x 0.3656) would give 26 Labour councillors. As a
comparison, the Conservatives would have 2 more councillors (16),
the Greens 3 more councillors (14) and the Lib Dems 4 more
councillors (12) under a proportional voting system. We are
petitioning for the Mayor to support a more balanced,
representative chamber in Bristol, and a more balanced
representative chamber in Westminster.
In the 2015 general election, one party got 37% of the vote and 51% of seats, while 3 parties got 24% of the vote but share 1.5% of seats.
 The first past the post (FPTP) voting system violates the
democratic principle of majority rule and leads to many people
casting votes that don't count towards the result and are therefore
wasted. Over 22 million votes (68%) were wasted in the General
Election of 2017.
The UK has never had a say on proportional representation (PR). As David Cameron himself said, the Alternative Vote (AV) Referendum was on a system that is often less proportional than FPTP, so the rejection of AV could not possibly be a rejection of PR. With the referendum having a turnout of 42%, it was clear that the majority of voters felt ambivalent at best towards both systems. There are tried and tested PR systems that keep the constituency link.
 They would make every vote matter equally, rather than allowing a minority of swing voters in a few marginal seats to pick the government. A petition with 100,000 signatures has forced a parliamentary debate.
 Now we need local elected politicians to voice their support for making votes matter through adoption of proportional representation for all UK elections.
1.Bristol City Council election results: http://www2.bristol.gov.uk/LocalElectionViewer2016?XSL=main&ShowElectionPercentage=true&ElectionId=70
2. General Election results: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2015#Results
3. Electoral Reform Society A-Z of voting systems: http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/voting-systems
4. Parliamentary petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/168657
Started by: Rob Bryher
This ePetition runs from 02/04/2018 to 07/05/2020.
42 people have signed this ePetition.