LETTERS: Save us from presidents

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"VOTE for the first president" is a great idea, but can you really be serious in using first-past-the-post voting? This is only asking for the largest group of voters who support one candidate. If you were trying to be democratic you would be seeking to know which of the nominations had the most support among the electorate (even if not necessarily first choice), and to do this you would use the single transferable vote system.

Heaven forbid that this country should introduce a system for the election of a president in which the successful candidate had the support of less than half of the people and was as unrepresentative as our parliamentary system. You have missed a wonderful opportunity to make the voter at large more familiar with voting systems that are a vital part of the reforms we sorely need.

A D Hoadley

Friston, East Sussex