I think instead of allocating seats by the size of the electorate, they should allocate them by the number of people who bothered to vote in the last election. So if the turnout was 60%, you get 40% fewer TDs than your population would suggest.
It may involve slicing some TDs, but I’m willing to set my squeamishness aside.
good one. but why do it based on the based on the last election and not this one? It means we might have a few less TDs but as others have pointed out we have too many to begin with so that would hardly be a problem.
So if more people bother their arses to vote in one election, they’re rewarded in the next with more seats.
But yes, I accept your modification as a good one. Set a national quota and allocate the number of seats on the day depending on the poll. As you say, it would vary the number of seats on offer… make election day interesting every time… it would also make not voting in a constituency a positive act.
Is there some elegant way we could say have, 80 TDs; but they wouldn’t be tied to any single constituency or other, so we get away from this ridiculous position where we are voting for our national representatives as if they were local councillors ?
yeah, I know my options were parties i dont like or independents that in no way represented me
so if i could have the choice of say voting outside my constituency i would have taken it this time around