Category Archives: For and Against

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

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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, 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

Posted in Advantages of the Alternative Vote, Arguments for and Against, BNP, Conservative Party, Edinburgh, For and Against, Preferential Voting, Referendum Bill, Small Parties, Split Votes, UKIP, X Voting, Yes to AV | 14 Comments

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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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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