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What’s wrong with the Yukon’s first-past-the-post voting system?


First-past-the-post in the Yukon produces results that don’t reflect how Yukoners voted. The problems include:

False majority governments: A false majority means that one party gets all the power, even though they didn’t get support from a majority of Yukon voters. A “majority” government can be elected with 39% of the vote.

Since 1978, every election in the Yukon except 1992 and 2021 has given one party all the power with less than half the vote. 

Strategic voting: Many people feel they must vote for the “lesser evil” instead of the candidate they would prefer.

Hostile politics:
Winner-take-all systems like first-past-the-post make adversarial partisan politics worse. Parties attack each other rather than working together to solve long-term problems.

Safe seats: 
Elections with first-past-the-post are decided in a few swing ridings. Voters in many “safe ridings” (where the same party always wins) can be ignored.

Yukon Election 2011

In Yukon’s 2011 election, the Yukon Party received 40% of the vote. First-past-the-post gave them 58% of 
the seats and 100% of the power.

Yukon Election 2021

In Yukon’s 2011 election, the Yukon Party received 40% of the vote. First-past-the-post gave them 58% of 
the seats and 100% of the power.