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Will You help make the hidden democratic deficit, public?
Electoral outcomes such as a party obtaining 40% of the votes but gaining 60% of the seats are an example of what FairVote has described as phony majorities and NZ researchers call "overruns" where a party's % share of SEATS elected is greater than the % of VOTES received.
Does someone know of a source where the actual numbers on a candidate by candidate basis for all of Ontario may be found? The adage 'trust but verify' is a dearly held principle in keeping elections democratic, transparent. Having confidence in the electoral outcome, even when, or especially when we do not like the results, is of utmost importance to the harmony and stability of a civilised and democratic society.
For example, Elections Canada and Elections Manitoba provides the details by district for their entire election region regarding the results of every candidate all within ONE FILE THAT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE!
Not only is there no such comprehensive file on [url=http://www.elections.on.ca/en-ca]Elections Ontario[/url] site, even upon request they refuse, claiming since the information is available to the public one district at a time, they have met their obligations for public disclosure! I only found some of the information. Numbers as to how many could vote but did not, including #'s of spoiled ballot are missing, or at least not on the candidate results page.
By way of parallel, when someone has to pay a fine, the courts have ruled that a person paying the fine with a truck-load of pennies is being obstructionist and really not paying the fine as it takes far too much money to handle the pennies... By comparison, is Elections Ontario complicity with the ruling parties who have vested interests in not making the democratic deficit readily visible to the public and refusing to release this information in one comprehensive easy to use file?
If there is anyone who knows of a public site where the following information is available on a candidate by candidate basis for all of Ontario, please post the link and/or email the link to me at eh-rabbleATnetscapeDOTca.
If such comprehensive information is not available, I would be prepared to organise and coordinate the joint work of several volunteers who would each take a section, collect the information one district at a time and thereby collectively make one comprehensive file available, With such a file, and but a few clicks, virtually anyone can make their own calculations to see which MMPs, parties,.... benefited from overruns as defined by NZ researchers or was actually elected by a solid democratic election. By way of example, for the 2006 federal election such calculations and file are available at [url=http://www.eduardhiebert.com/er]http://www.eduardhiebert.com/er[/url]
The information I am seeking should be in a spreadsheet file or csv file (comma separated variable) file. On a line by line bases, I am seeking the following information: the name of the voting district, the # of the district, the number of voters in the district (Enumerated plus add ons - providing each number separately is even better!), Total Votes Cast in the district, The candidates name, Party affiliation if any, the votes received by that candidate, Spoiled votes.
This is not about a rabble news feature. I'm moving this to the "babblers helping babblers" forum.