Here is what Yes to Fairer Votes, a pro-AV organization in the UK, says on its “Why vote yes” page:
AV is a small change which will make a big difference.
Just a simple change to what we do on polling day can make a real difference to how politics works in Britain.
The Alternative Vote builds on the current system and makes it better. It eliminates many of its weaknesses and keeps its strengths. It’s a long overdue upgrade to make a 19th century system fit for the politics of the 21st century.
Our parliament will better represent our communities. MPs will have to have a better view of what your community thinks – and that’s because they will have to listen harder to your views.
It’s simple. If someone wants to represent your community they need the votes of the majority of the community. That’s what making every vote count really means.
Say YES! to Fairer Votes. Say YES! to AV.
And now from the no side, where there is an organization called NO2AV, which says it is leading “The Fight for Fair Votes“:
1. Defend our democracy
– A No vote stops minority party voters – like BNP supporters – getting more than one vote when the votes are counted
– A No vote guards against distorting and muddying the debate in marginal seats
– A No vote ensures people vote for who and what a candidate is, as opposed to who and what a candidate is not
2. Keep the power of your vote
– A No vote prevents hung parliaments becoming the norm
– A No vote is a vote against electoral uncertainty and unaccountability
– A No vote puts the power to decide who runs the country into the hands of the people – AV gives it away to the politicians
3. Defeat an unfair, discredited and unwanted change in the way we choose our Government
– A No vote is a vote against a confusing, seldom used and undemocratic system – that even Nick Clegg has called a “miserable little compromise”
– A No vote is a vote against partisan, political tinkering that will stifle the real democratic changes the country needs
– A No vote will defend fair votes and is a call for real reform