Monthly Archives: November 2010

Vote Early, Vote Often

Vote Early, Vote Often Vote Early, Vote Often is the ironic battle cry of political campaigners.  Here in the UK we would be appalled if someone tried to vote more than once. It’s a crime. One man, one vote has … Continue reading

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X Voting and Preferential Voting – 3 Case Studies – Guest Blog

In the second of his guest blog posts Stuart Emerson takes us through three case studies that show how preferential voting systems increase voter power and how preferential voting can lead to a Parliament more reflective of the views of … Continue reading

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A Seven Point Briefing For Campaigners on the Alternative Vote System – Guest Post

This is the first in a series of guest posts by Dr Stuart Emerson, mathematician and Fairer Votes campaigner in Leicestershire. Stuart has distilled the experience of the Leicestershire Fairer Votes group on the streets of Leicestershire.  Here he gives … Continue reading

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The Alternative Vote and Smaller Parties – Part II

Influence is often more powerful than power. So said the great Rabbi, Judah Lowe of Prague. The Alternative Vote system helps smaller parties by giving them influence over the policies and actions of the main parties. This influence is exerted … Continue reading

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From the Steps of Bute House an Activist Speaks- Guest Post

This is a transcript of a speech given by Stuart Rodger of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Fairer Votes Groups.  The speech was delivered on the steps of Bute House, official residence of the First Minister of Scotland, during the Yes … Continue reading

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The Alternative Vote and Small Parties – Part I

The question of whether the Alternative Vote helps small parties is one that excites both the Yes camp and the No camp.  For the Yes camp the answer is a qualified Yes, for the No Camp the answer appears to … Continue reading

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Shenanigans in Oldham and Saddleworth

One recent objection to the Alternative Vote, raised by Graham Smith of BBC Radio Cornwall is that the kind of electoral antics we’ve seen in Oldham and Saddleworth would delay the distribution of preferences and so delay the result further … Continue reading

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