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Reasons to vote Yes!
MPs have support of 50% of their constituency.
Ultimately, it will mean increased legitimacy, as MPs really will represent the majority of their constituency; which is good fundamental of democracy. In some cases, this will mean MPs have to work harder to gain votes.
AV is simple, tried and tested alternative.
For voters it’s as simple as chosing 1, 2, 3. It is used by millions in the UK in clubs and societies. When politicians elect their own (for example, the Commons speaker) they chose AV.
Reduces need for Tactical Voting.
AV helps to eliminate much of the need for tactical voting and squeeze messages - so people choices are better represented.
Allows the Face of British Politics to change
At a time when people are complaining that politicians are out of touch, AV allows real campaigners to stand alongside 'out-of-touch' politicians without fear of splitting the vote. Gary Elsby could have stood in Stoke, overlooked in preference for Tristam Hunt, without fear that he would be responsible for Labour losing the seat - so voters can choose.
Forcing a Real Conversation with the Electorate
The current electoral system means the election is effectively decided by 460,000 swing voters in a small number of constituencies (normally called the 'ruling minority'). All the major parties know this and spend millions of pounds on 'talking' to these voters. This means the rest of us get political niceties - fobbed off - as our vote doesn't matter. So in 2010, we had 6 weeks of the major parties discussing £6b of Govt efficiency savings, while they all knew they had to make massive cuts. AV will make the 2/3rds of seats marginal, so the parties can't target a very small number of voters and are forced to have a conversation with the electorate as whole.
Reduce Negative Campaigning
Where MPs need to reach out to as many voters as possible, there will be less incentive to create imaginary differences or campaign negatively.
A Modern Choice
FPTP assumes people chose one candidate and have equal contempt for all others. Real life decisions are rarely so black and white. AV allows voters to express themselves more honestly.
At the same time, it maintains the constituency link, it will continue to throw Governments out, and is proven to not lead to more coalitions.
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A is for Australia As the No campaign never tire of telling us, only three countries use AV at the moment. One of them is Australia. According to one poll commissioned by the Institute for Public Affairs, 57% of Australians … Continue reading
In the second part of what will be our triumphant Get out the Vote event on the 26th of April we will be hosting a Speaker event with Alan Johnson, Kriss Akabusi and Katie Ghose from 7.30pm till 9pm, at … Continue reading
Saturday 9th April | 11am – 3pm | High Street (by Marks & Spencer), Birmingham city centre, B4 7SS With just ONE MONTH left until Referendum polling day on May 5th, this coming Saturday is the perfect time for all … Continue reading
You might have caught this already on BBC Midlands Today, but here’s a video (on Youtube) of their coverage of the “Youth Says YES!” event at the University of Birmingham & also the wider debate. Well done to all the … Continue reading
It’s official- We’ve got our Referendum! So lets get out there & get the UK saying “Yes! To Fairer Votes”! Join our national campaign to change the way we elect our MPs here at yestofairervotes.org sign up for our West … Continue reading
When any politician goes in for extreme negative attacks, it’s always the last act of a desperate campaign. Phil Woolas engaged in his unique brand of slurring when it was obvious he was going to lose. This week marked the start … Continue reading
Here’s a brief catch-up on recent debate goings-on at the University of Warwick & Warwick District Council, courtesy of Jeremy Ireland, the Phonebank Co-ordinator for our good neighbours at Yes to Fairer Votes Coventry & Warwickshire: UK fails the Democracy … Continue reading