While groups around the country are working to fix America’s broken electoral system by modernizing it with ranked choice voting, it’s also worth taking a look across the pond at a campaign currently underway to replace the United Kingdom’s own first-past-the-post voting system with one that guarantees proportional representation. Specifically, the Hungry for Democracy campaign led by Make Votes Matter will be initiating a 24-hour hunger strike to demand proportional representation at 8pm tonight local time.
A broad coalition, including Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of European Parliament (MEPs) standing for the Labour and Green Parties, as well as the chairman of UKIP, have signed on to participate. This just serves to emphasize that making the government accountable to and representative of the people is a transpartisan issue, both at home and abroad, and creative actions that demonstrate our steadfast commitment to reform, as in this case, are a great way to spread knowledge of the solutions and bring more people into the fold.
In solidarity with their actions, we wish all participants in the Hungry for Democracy campaign the best of luck in reforming their electoral system!