05 Apr '11, 8am

The Alternative Vote will create 44 new marginal seats according to new nef research. #AV #VPIAV

Exactly one month before the UK votes on whether to change its parliamentary electoral system from First Past the Post (FPtP) to the Alternative Vote (AV), new independent research reveals how the influence of voters would change under the proposed AV system. The Voter Power Index finds that moving to AV would mean: An increase in the average power of UK voters from 0.285 of a vote to 0.352 of a vote (where a score of 1 is a fair vote). A rise of 23.5 per cent. An increase in the number of very marginal seats from 81 to 125, an increase of 44 seats. A small reduction of inequality in the power of votes with the most powerful fifth of electors going from having 21 times the power of the least powerful fifth down to 18 times. The report is based on a comprehensive statistical analysis of general elections in the UK over the last 30 years and concludes that although AV does o...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/press-releases/alternative-vo...

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