Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012 Alberta Election Results Expose Shortcomings of the Alberta Electoral System

The 2012 Alberta election results were as follows:

1. PC Party 61 seats, 43.89% (567, 191 votes)
2. Wildrose Alliance Party 17 seats, 34.35% (442, 467 votes)
3. Alberta Liberal Party 5 seats, 9.88% (127, 662 votes)
4. Alberta NDP 4 seats, 9.84% (126, 742 votes)
5. Alberta Party, 0 seats, 1.36% (17, 171 votes)
6. Evergreen Party of Alberta 0 seats, .39% (5, 079 votes)
7. Alberta Social Credit 0 seats, 0% (294 votes)
8. Communist Party-Alberta 0 seats, 0% (210 votes)
9. Separation Party of Alberta 0 seats, 0% (68 votes)

42% of Albertans did not vote.

Notable facts: 

1. The PC Party received 70.1% majority of the Alberta legislative, and yet only 43.89% of the popular vote, and 30.91% support overall. The PC Party campaigned for "change", but did not have a democracy reform platform. (Under the first-past-the-post system, in 2011 the federal Conservative Party of Canada received 54% majority of the Canadian parliament, and yet 39.6% of the popular vote and 24.3% support overall.)

2. The Wildrose Alliance Party received 19.5% of the seats in the Alberta legislature, and yet 34.35% of the popular vote, and 24.2% support overall. In 2012, the Wildrose Alliance Party dropped its policy of a referendum process on proportional representation.

3. The Alberta NDP and Liberals received 10.3% of the seats in the Alberta legislature, and yet 19.72% of the popular vote and 13.7% support overall. The Alberta NDP supported proportional representation, and the Alberta Liberal supported preferential voting.

4. More Albertans chose not to vote than those Albertans who supported the PC Party: 42% to 30.91%.

5. Alberta's two right wing parties account for 78.24% of the popular vote and 55.11% support overall. 

The FDA is in the process of completing a media and electoral finance studies on the Alberta election. The preliminary results indicate that Alberta's election results correspond to the differences in the parties' electoral finances and media coverage. 

2012 Alberta Proportional Representation Election Results

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