I have said before that any election system that recognizes ‘official’ political parties cannot be democratic. And that this is because large organizations that persist over time tend very strongly to become totally corrupt. This leads to not only the need to protect governments from corruption, but the need to protect the official parties as well. And this problem can only be avoided by requiring electors to vote directly for individuals, and never for any parties that may promote them. Here is an example of what typically occurs:
Dissident Voice – S*** Show in Toronto – by Myles Hoenig – June 24th, 2019
S*** Show in Toronto
Saron and her team personally registered nearly 400 new voters to the NDP for this election. She personally delivered it to the NDP brass before the deadline. But because her registration forms were on paper, not on-line, and paid with cash, not credit card, the executive committee of the NDP in Ottawa did not register them, as they said they would. Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP, was notified and was asked to intercede, but to no avail. So Saron’s voters come out to vote. So many for the first time in any national election, had to stand in line with screaming babies, old people not able to, people in wheelchairs, just to go through all 400 sheets of registration forms to match their names, while the near lily-white audience sat comfortably not having their registration challenged.
This party stood for something once. The greatest Canadian of all times, voted by a majority, was Tommy Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan who gave us our single payer health care system and represented the NDP. So yes, now it supports their version of a Green New Deal. It opposes the neo-liberal Justin Trudeau. It hates Doug Ford, the Donald Trump of Ontario, but it also supports the disenfranchisement of people of color, new immigrants, and frankly, people who just don’t look like them. It is no wonder the NDP polls at 12%. And learning on social media that this is not an isolated incident within the NDP throughout the provinces, that 12% will be, and should be, a high mark.
This always happens with large organizations, and this is essentially what democracy exists to prevent. The official recognition of political parties inevitably creates a higher degree of exposure to corruption. This is why election systems must always require voting for individual candidates, and never become involved in voting for political parties.
MMP (Mixed Member Proportional) and DMP (Dual Member Proportional) voting systems are both reliant upon the recognition of official parties. The STV (Single Transferable Vote) system (and also MMP and DMP) requires extremely high information trafficking, and so actual tabulation must effectively be performed behind closed doors, simply to control the information traffic. The only actual open method of tabulation would require that all information from every single ballot be made available to every member of the public. There are very trivial alternatives to this, but they are even more complicated to perform.
Really, the only system that I support is (a very simple form of) score voting. To that system you can easily ‘tack on’ ‘add-on proportional representation’. Some people may claim that this method fails to meet some definition of, or criteria for ‘proportional representation’. While it it initially gives a fairly random outcome, it has a ‘paladin preservation’ procedure, which soon cures this randomness. In fact, I believe it is actually the only realistic form of true proportional representation. Me descriptions surely are not perfect but you can read about it [Here - A], and [Here - B].