Bees have been voting for 20-50 million years and seem to have found a much better way of making decisions than our so-called “democratic” process of first-past-the-post voting.
In fact, the bees’ voting system appears to find the best answer (or candidate) about 90% of the time, whereas our current democratic system only achieves the right answer about 32% of the time.
So if we are going to create a new political system around things local AND make better decisions, then the bees’ voting system would be a good place to start! Range Voting seems to get quite a long way to this goal and produces the best candidate about 79% of the time.
In the UK at the last election, the winning party only managed to secure 17% of the overall votes that could have been cast. On that Election day, only 34% of the population actually cast a vote. So, not only is the voting itself ineffective at getting the best candidate, but the majority of the population don’t even turn out to vote anyway.
Ah yes, you might well say, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. But the bees don’t care. They simply get on and dance their way to finding the location for a new hive! They also dance their way to finding new sources of nectar and pollen in a similar fashion.
Perhaps if we combined a Range Voting system with a village or community dance on polling day, we could get nearer to the bees’ very efficient voting system – as well as a better turn-out!