Rate your Voter Power
Posted by Martin Poulter on 23 April 2010
In the US electoral system, apparently someone in rural Kansas has five times as much political power as someone in urban New York, in part because the Senate has two seats per state, no matter the size of the state.
Here in the UK we don’t have a Senate, but the power of individual votes to change things varies greatly, because some of us live in safe seats where there’s little chance of a change, and some of us live in marginals. The Voter Power site takes into account this factor, along with the population of the constituency and the proportion of votes taken by the winning candidate. It concludes that most of us, in effect, wield one quarter of a vote. It’s clearly promoting Proportional Representation, but whatever solution you think the election system needs, the site serves an interesting purpose.