In my previous post “Does everyone matter?” I discussed some of the flaws of the current way we elect Councillors. In this post I seek to demonstrate how adopting the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system for council elections (as used in Scotland and Northern Ireland) would benefit voters. STV is superior to FPTP in that it eliminates the problem of Minority Rule (where a minority of the voters are represented by a majority of seats), eliminates tactical voting and encourages a greater diversity of candidates to stand.
Please watch this excellent video by C G P Grey from his Politics in the Animal Kingdom series of explanatory videos about elections and politics. This gives a good summary of the main problems with FPTP and why we are campaigning for reform of our political system.