Compass Tactical Voting Ballot: vote deadline tonight @ 23:59
The Management Committee has decided to ballot the Compass membership on whether or not the organisation should devise a short statement in support of tactical voting in the upcoming general election in order to help stop the Tories from winning. If you are a member please vote in this important ballot - you have until 23:59 this Thursday 29 April 2010 to do so.
Something seismic could be happening in British politics which reflects the Compass view of a more pluralistic and tolerant progressive democracy. However, while Compass is not affiliated to the Labour Party many Compass members are also members and supporters of Labour.
So should Compass actively promote this new politics by arguing for tactical voting - and call on people to back the best placed progressive candidate to stop the Conservative candidate and deprive the Conservatives of victory at the general election?
We believe on such a fundamental decision that ultimately it must be our members who decide whether or not as an organisation we back tactical voting. Those that preach a new politics must practice a new politics - that's why our members involvement in this decision is so important.
Ballot forms have been sent out asking our members to vote on whether or not Compass should issue a statement endorsing and giving support to tactical voting. If the membership vote ‘yes' in the ballot, the committee will then devise and issue a short statement that outlines the case for full-scale tactical voting in the forthcoming general election. In addition we will provide members, supporters and others with a range of information to help them decide how to use their vote to greatest effect. However whilst we will provide information, we will not be specifying how people should vote in certain seats.
As the UK's most influential centre-left pressure group, with over 30,000 members and supporters across the country, we believe it is absolutely crucial we use all of our influence, to do all we can to stop David Cameron's same old Tories from winning this general election. One key factor that would potentially ensure he is not elected Prime Minister is if we can encourage widespread and effective tactical voting. That is why this issue is so important for the future of progressive politics and why we are asking the question.
We therfore strongly urge our members to vote now in this ballot and have your say. Whatever the outcome we will respect our members wishes - it is ultimately their choice.
So if you are a member please spend less than 5 minutes of your time to take part.
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