Category Archives: Arguments for and Against

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

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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

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The Advantages of the Alternative Vote System – An Overview

On 5th of May a referendum will be held to ask you, the voter, for the first time ever, how you want to elect your main public servants, Members of Parliament.  You will be offered a choice of voting Yes … Continue reading

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Power to the People – Guest Post

As the Leicestershire branch of the Take Back Parliament campaign for Electoral Reform is launched, activist Stuart Emmerson considers the background to our current X-voting system and the merits of the AV system on offer in next May’s National Referendum. … Continue reading

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Oldham East and Saddleworth – A Vote For Apathy?

So the Oldham East and Saddleworth bye-election results are in and representatives from each party are trying to persuade us, and themselves, that it was an okay result for their party. I think the result has some interesting things to … Continue reading

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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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