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AV Referendum 2011


…err, what’s going on?

On Thursday the 5th of May voters across the UK will be heading to the polls to vote in the first country wide referendum since 1975. We will have the choice of whether to replace the existing first-past-the-post system (FPTP) for electing MPs to Westminster with a method known as the Alternative Vote (AV).

…alright, so why are we doing it?

A referendum on AV was at the centre of the coalition document that was negotiated after the 2010 General Election, in which no party received a majority in the House of Commons. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats entered into a coalition government under the proviso that a referendum would be called in 2011 on whether to change the voting system for UK Parliamentary elections.

…so why all the fuss?

Many people believe that too many votes are being wasted under the current system, with elections decided by a small number of voters in a handful of seats where no single party has a large majority. Many feel this discourages people from voting and makes them disengage with the political process. A key weakness of FPTP they say, is that two thirds of MPs are now elected with less than 50% of support of voters and this undermines democracy. They argue a different system will provide voters with more choice, force candidates to appeal to a broader section of the public and work harder to get elected.

…you know what, I’d like a bloke called Victor to explain it

Well, alright then…




...I'd like to know what the arguments are for and against

OK then, find out more on the following pages:



Yes 2 AV


No to AV

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