New Zealanders are coming down on the side of voting to keep MMP and kicking the tyres to see how we can make it work better.
We brought in MMP because our old voting system was broken.
Parties with just 35 per cent of the vote became the government and passed laws without the majority of voters supporting them.
Many of us recall voting year after year under the first past the post system, only to find that our vote didn't count. Like the National voter in a Labour safe seat, whose vote was wasted.
In 1993, we chose MMP. It is a type of middle ground which mixes local electorate accountability and proportionality.
We elect our local MP, and have an equal say in which parties form government – a party that gets a quarter of the votes gets a quarter of the seats.
MMP has brought in electorate and list MPs who better represent New Zealand and its people.
Current list MPs include farmers, trade experts, doctors, principals, business owners, authors, chief executives, public servants and company directors, all bringing different skills to contribute to better decisions.
We are used to MMP. It is working well and has produced strong, stable governments.
In the past three years, National had fulfilled more than 90 of its election promises in its first 100 days; managed New Zealand through a recession; and coped with Canterbury's devastating earthquakes.
Compromise and balance are good things in politics. We get moderate legislation which meets the needs of middle New Zealand.
If we don't vote to keep our MMP system on November 26, all we'll be doing is asking ourselves in three years' time whether we want to take a step backwards to first past the post (FPP).
This is because if New Zealanders vote for change, there will be another referendum in 2014 which will almost certainly pit MMP against FPP, the only other voting system with any real support.
Despite supplementary member being talked up by a few lobbyists, it has almost no public support, and so will not proceed after November's vote.
The referendum asks you two questions.
If you support MMP and want to make it work better, in the first question you need to tick the top box to "Keep MMP".
The second question asks your view on other systems if New Zealand did decide to change. If you have a preference, express it.
But the most important thing is to tick "Keep MMP" in the first question. MMP is flexible and adaptable. A vote to keep it automatically triggers an independent review where we can tweak and improve MMP.
New Zealand is a country built on giving everyone a fair go. That's why we picked MMP. Don't risk going backwards to an unfair system we've already rejected. MMP is working. It's ours. Vote to keep MMP on November 26, and help make it work even better.
Sandra Grey is spokeswoman for Keep MMP.
- © Fairfax NZ News