Post by timrollpickering on Jun 11, 2020 10:35:04 GMT
The issue I'd have with this is that people might have an entirely valid reason to vote for different parties in both ballots - say they support a small party but want to have a stronger say in who their local member is, or they don't like their local member but want to vote for their party. There's also the issue that some parties stand only on the list and not in constituencies and how do you account for that; how do you design your ballot paper to make it clear that your vote for a named candidate isn't just a vote for them but for everyone in their party; how do you account for Independents running in constituencies - do voters for Independent candidates just throw away their list vote? - and probably other reasons why I think that would be a significantly worse way of doing things.
If a party doesn't stand in a constituency then it will not be able to collect votes for that constituency. Only candidates and parties standing in constituencies would be eligible for list seats. I suppose Independents could be allowed to stand in multiple seats and/or band together for the list - I'm not convinced this is an insurmountable hurdle.
Yes some people might want to split their vote. But what is an "entirely valid reason" and what is "tactically manipulating the system"? You can't always have the perfect options available to you.
As for ballot paper design that shouldn't be so much of a problem. The London AMS ballot papers don't include the candidate list on the paper itself.