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Yes to AV

May 5th, 2011 (12:49 am)
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Lots of people have made better arguments than the one which I am about to advance. They include strange_complex, [personal profile] rhaegal and Alex Wilcock. Look at their posts to find out more.

For as long as I have lived and longer, British politics have been seen through the distorting lens of the plurality voting system known erroneously as 'First Past the Post'. The Alternative Vote will not remove all the distortions, but in allowing voters to rank candidates in order of preference it offers a better way of taking the political temperature of a constituency in a multi-party system. I'd rather have the Single Transferable Vote in multi-member constituencies on the Irish model, but it's not on offer; so if you are in the United Kingdom and have a vote in today's referendum, please vote 'Yes' and take a step towards a broader reform which I hope I'll see in my lifetime.

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Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: May 5th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
bluebells

I am voting Yes to AV because I want PR in some form, and like you I hope it is a step towards it as an indication for change. But I think it is a bit ironic that in a referendum the Yes campaign is saying will end tactical voting, we are having to vote tactically.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 5th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
UKPolitics

I agree. rhaegal has tweeted that one person at her polling station has said they are voting no even though they hate the current electoral system. I certainly believe there are grounds for electoral reformers to assert that a victory for 'No' is not an endorsement of FPTP.