From: "Stephen Brooks"
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:37 AM Subject: Alternative vote - summary They had a section on the Alternative Vote system on the Daily Politics programme. It turns out the situation is somewhat complicated. As I see it there are plus and minus points: + It gives voters more options so they can express their opinions more accurately + Voters who choose minority parties as a first choice aren't "wasting a vote" as their 2nd choice is often used - In simulations of the last two(?) elections it benefitted Labour and it's being announced right before the general election, which looks suspicious - In those simulations the result actually moved _further_ away from the Proportional Representation result, in general and finally + Having to write numbers in the boxes raises the minimum IQ required to vote -Stephen