One person, five votes

The way the trigger ballot or ‘affirmative motion’ process works means that not all members are equal.

Instead of it being a ‘one member, one vote’ system, members of each branch and affiliate meet. However the majority votes at that meeting is how that branch/affiliate votes. And however the majority of branches vote is the decision.

But that means some members have more than one vote. Perhaps even five. While another member who’s, for example, at work or caring at the time their meeting takes place doesn’t even have one.

How do you get five votes? Well lets take the made up example of ‘Kam’. Kam is a member of her branch (ward). She’s also a member of the Co-op Party, the Women’s Forum, the Youth Forum and the Fabians. She’s probably also a member of a union too.

Kam might find herself very busy over the next few weeks (although she’s probably quite used to that by the sounds of it). And as she’s also a member of quite a small ward she has a lot more influence than John. He’s a member of Stratford ward – which has about 300 members – and doesn’t belong to any other branches or affiliates.

Her vote(s) counts a lot more than his. The trigger ballot /affirmative motion process is not fair, open or democratic. Vote No for Choice.