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AV: A Clear Question, a Clear Choice

The Electoral Reform Society has welcomed the publication of a clear Yes/No question for the proposed Alternative Vote (AV) referendum. AV, which is commonly used to elect parliamentary officials and Liberal and Labour party leaders, will be offered to public on May 5th 2011.

As the bill heads to parliament the Society has urged members not to play mischief makers, and to leave the future of the electoral system in the hands of voters. Ashley D from the Electoral Reform Society said:

We've now got a clear question for a clear choice between the politics of the past and a better alternative. Our politicians use AV for electing their own. As this bill reaches parliament we trust they won't try to deny voters the same opportunity.

History won't look kindly on mischief makers who could still stand in the way of the coming national debate. The future of our voting system should rest in the hands of voters next May. Voters will be asked if they want to "adopt the 'alternative vote' system instead of the current 'first past the post' system" for electing MPs in plans are outlined in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.

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The Electoral Reform Society is campaigning to change the way we choose our politicians. We believe that a fair voting system will improve our democracy, allow politicians to better represent you the voter and help them to tackle the serious issues facing our society. Above all we believe that fairness, accountability and a real choice for voters should not be compromised. www.electoral-reform.org.uk

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