Monthly Archives: March 2011

Some Time in Leith – Proclaiming the Alternative Vote in Leith

In Edinburgh we’ve been running street stalls for months now but last Sunday we had our first non-rugby adventure away from Princes Street. We set off to Leith to spread the good word about adopting the alternative vote voting system … Continue reading

Posted in Edinburgh, Local Activism, Me and My Banner, Voting for Change, Yes to AV | 3 Comments

What? No Apple Pie? The Alternative Vote Referendum Ballot in Full

Whilst manning our street stall in Leith we were approached for the first time by someone who thought that if they voted Yes to the Alternative Vote voting system in the referendum on the 5th May they would never get … Continue reading

Posted in Advantages of the Alternative Vote, Preferential Voting, proportional voting, Referendum Bill, SNP, Uncategorized, Yes to AV | 4 Comments

What did the Jenkins Committee have to say about the Alternative Vote

Far from being a miserable little compromise the Alternative Vote System has some real advantages. Here is the key passage from the Jenkins Commission, where it lays out some of the best features of the voting system we have a … Continue reading

Posted in Advantages of the Alternative Vote, Disenfranchisment, For and Against, Jenkins Commission, Preferential Voting, Referendum Bill, Wasted Votes | 3 Comments

The Alternative Vote System – A Brief Guide for New Users

On 5th May 2011 the UK will be holding a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote voting system for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons.

Posted in Advantages of the Alternative Vote, Alternative Voting System, For and Against, Preferential Voting, proportional voting, Referendum Bill, Uncategorized, Voting for Change, Voting more than once, Wasted Votes, X Voting, Yes to AV | 4 Comments

The Advantages of the Alternative Vote – No More Wasted Votes, Fewer Disenfranchised Voters

To my mind, the greatest advantages of the Alternative Vote is that it does away with wasted votes. There are others. Wasted votes, where you might as well have not bothered going to the polling station lead to apathy and … Continue reading

Posted in Advantages of the Alternative Vote, Arguments for and Against, Disenfranchisment, Preferential Voting, Voting for Change, Wasted Votes, X Voting, Yes to AV | 1 Comment

The Advantages of the Alternative Vote – No More Wasted Votes, No More Split Votes

Possibly the greatest advantage of the Alternative Vote, or any preferential voting system, is that is does away with split votes. Split votes are one of the disadvantages of the First Past the Post system and lead to some of … Continue reading

Posted in Advantages of the Alternative Vote, Arguments for and Against, BNP, Conservative Party, Edinburgh, For and Against, Local Activism, Preferential Voting, Small Parties, Split Votes, Voting more than once, X Voting, Yes to AV | 2 Comments

The Advantages of the Alternative Vote – Making MP’s Work Harder, for YOU

One of the great advantages of the alternative vote system is that it makes MP work harder. Not just harder, it makes them concentrate on the needs and wishes of their constituents. Not just the narrow range of constituents needed to … Continue reading

Posted in Advantages of the Alternative Vote, Edinburgh, Local Activism, Preferential Voting, Split Votes, X Voting, Yes to AV | 5 Comments