The big AV vote: have you made up your mind?

May 4, 2011 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

by Claire McEneaney

To AV or not to AV, that is the question. Tomorrow’s referendum sees UK citizens have their say in the kind of voting system we’d like to use going forward. As voters, we have a choice: either we keep the current system, first past the post, or move to a new voting system, the alternative vote.

This referendum has been hugely political, with various parties supporting either the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ campaigns. I can’t help thinking that all the political wrangling has muddied the waters around the vote on AV, making it a party political issue. Many people are surely going to be influenced the stance of the party they usual vote for, but even that isn’t clear-cut, with members from the different parties taking up individual stances on the issue. This is one referendum which certainly isn’t already straight-forward.

It has been hard to get objective details about the pros and cons of the various systems. Every web page I find or blog post I read has an underlying bias, making it hard for those who are genuinely undecided to make up their minds. One of the best (but still not perfect) comes courtesy of Channel 4’s Fact Check Blog which lays out the main claims made by each of the campaigns and aims to myth bust some of the statements made.

After reading numerous things I think I’ve decided which way I’ll be voting tomorrow. If you still haven’t made up your mind you can read the detail of the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns by following the links below:

Yes campaign

No campaign

What are your thoughts on AV? Are you in the Yes or No camp? Are you worried about coalitions or fringe parties? Concerned about how much power your vote has? Get in touch and let us know what’s on your mind.

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