Category Archives: Small Parties

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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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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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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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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