One Person, One Vote. But are all votes equal?

In the 2010 election, 48.60% of those who voted in Hornchurch & Upminster did not vote for the winning candidate. These votes count for nothing in the First Past the Post system.

In the UK, the only voters with any real power to choose the government are those who live in marginal constituencies.

The website voterpower.org.uk, set up by designer Martin Petts with data from the New Economics Foundation, worked out that a person voting in Hornchurch and Upminster has the equivalent of 0.056 votes. Based on the probability of the seat changing hands the average UK voter has 5.56x more voting power than voters in our constituency.

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Indeed, voters in the most powerful 10% of constituencies will wield more than 30 times as much power as the least influential.

The Independence summed it up well when they said

Unlike other democracies, Britain’s voting system is not proportional. Voters are divided into small seats and hundreds of small local races take place.

Various proportional system exist that count all votes equally, but Britain has never got around to implementing one due to a mix of inertia and vested interests.

Data used from website voterpower.org.uk