Fair(er) votes

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

4 thoughts on “Fair(er) votes

  1. I notice the firsts invites you to join, and allows comments on the blog. The second does neither.

  2. Possibly because allowing comments might make the website “complicated” and “fragmented.”

    And then democracy would collapse, apparently.

  3. You missed the other ‘no’ site:


    I’m impressed by how much information is on this site (whether you agree with it or not).

    The ‘no’ campaign appears well-funded, though I suspect most voters will make a decision based upon what they think of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats (now averaging about 10% in opinion polls), not on the issues surrounding electoral systems.

    Tom Lundberg, Glasgow University

  4. Tom the Lesser is probably correct. This time a year ago it was mainly Labour pushing AV and Conservatives and LibDems less enthusiastic about it (preferring FPTP and STV or List-PR respectively). Now Labour supporters seem to be all about “Smash the Cuts by voting No to AV”.

    (Australian history shows how easy it is to defeat a referendum proposal, even by performing somersaults. In January 1998, Tony Abbott and other monarchists were defending the status quo by saying how great it was that the Prime Minister and the Governor-General could dismiss each other at will. When Malcolm Turnbull persuaded ConCon to write this rule into the proposed constitutional changes, Abbott and co criticised the republican model on the grounds that it allowed the President and the Prime Minister to sack each other.)

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