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Here are some links to content about BC-STV that I find quite good/useful:

A qualitative demonstration of STV using smarties (like the analogy of dividing a class into four teams): http://www.slideshare.net/STVYesCampaign/smartier-way-to-vote

A technically correct demonstration of STV: stv.ca/watch

A great 11 min movie about the Citizens' Assembly: http://stv.ca/makingeveryvotecount

Introductory reading about FPTP and BC-STV: http://stv.ca/whychange

An excellent description of STV by Nick Loenen: http://fairvoting.blogspot.com/2009/03/nice-explanation-of-bc-stv-by-nick.html

A good discussion of STV from the previous referendum: http://www.bc-stv.ca/allabout.htm

Proportional Representation and government (Proportional Systems are correlated with better results): http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/pubs/pops/pop34/c04.htm

I've also attached Shoni Field's (A CA alumni) article on BC-STV and women's representation below.

Nick Loenen's very well thought out submission to the CA - he had obviously predicted many of the issues that the CA did eventually grapple with! http://www.citizensassembly.bc.ca/resources/submissions/csharman-10_0403241427-465.pdf
Counterpoints from a Green - interestingly the Irish Greens might like MMP with STV used locally!  While these characteristics of STV may affect parties negatively, I don't seen them affecting voters much: http://www.citizensassembly.bc.ca/public/get_involved/submission/M/MCCRORY-1231

History and Use of STV from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_and_use_of_the_Single_Transferable_Vote

Dave Huntley and Craig Henschel's STV site: http://www.stvinfo.ca/index_files/why.htm

MMP Referendum in New Zealand - Similar scare tactics used there! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_reform_in_New_Zealand

Here's an analogy I find quite useful for explaining the idea behind STV, kind of like the smarties presentation above:
The first thing you need to know about STV is that you put a '1' next to your favorite candidate, a '2' next to your next favorite candidate, and so on.  You can rank as many candidates as you like.  The system then tries to get you your first preference, but if it can't it will try to get you your second preference, and so on.  How it does this I like to explain with an analogy:

A gym teacher wants to divide a class of sixty students into six equal soccer teams of 10 players each.  The teacher asks "who wants to be team captain"?  Nine students raise their hands.  So the teacher says "everyone else, line up behind your favorite captain".  Soon there are nine teams of all different sizes.  One of the captains is really popular and has 15 players on his team, so the teacher says "5 of you, go find your next favorite captain".  After these five 'surplus votes' are transferred the team is the right size, and its captain is 'elected'.  There's another team with only two players including the captain, so the teacher goes over and encourages them both to find their next favorite captain.  This captain is eliminated.  This continues until the students are divided into six teams of 10 players, where everyone gets one of their favorite captains.

This is pretty much how STV was discovered, and while modern STV rules have been refined somewhat to make them fairer and more robust, this is still the idea behind BC-STV.  If you're interested in the details of the counting, we can go over them if you wish.

This analogy is adapted from: http://www.eoni.org.uk/index/faqs/pr-stv-voting-system-faqs.htm#03

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Perhaps My Favorite Quote about STV:

For people who want to manipulate power, having one person to influence is their best strategy.  For them, FPTP makes absolute sense.  Proportional government is their worst nightmare, because there will often be other people in the power structure who they cannot directly influence.  STV transfers the levers of power to the voters through their MLAs.  Good for voters (and I think MLAs too).  Bad for individuals who want more than their fair share of influence.”
-Craig Henschel

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