Britain Alternate Voting Reform Referendum, 2011
Preliminary results show this measure being defeated
- YES 5,807,086
- NO 12,570,539 
This measure asked citizens if they wanted to implement instant run-off voting (called Alternate Voting) in the House of Commons. The measure got final approval, it was approved by the House of Lords and was thus fully approved by Parliament before their break. This would have also redrawn the electoral map of the UK and would have reduced the number of MP's from 650 to 600.
Supporters of the measure stated the this type of voting would be more fair while opponents noted that stronger governments would be harder to form with not a strong majority able to take control. The House of Lords had delayed the bills passage, though it was approved once the debate over wording had been decided. A report from the NO campaigned showed that by their estimates, it would cost £250million to switch the countries voting system to the new method. Ranking choices would mean there would be more to count manually. If this does get approved, Scottish voters would have five different type of styles of voting, Welsh would have four and British would have three types.
An April 20- 21, 2011 poll of 2,010 random British adults conducted by Angus Reid showed that those against the switch to AV are slightly ahead.
|Date of Poll||Pollster||In favor||Opposed||Undecided||Number polled|
|April 20 - 21, 2011||Angus Reid||30%||41%||22%||2,010|
Citizens of Scotland, had three elections on the same day using three different types of electing processes. The Assembly Elections and the local council elections were also held on May 5; Scottish officials had tried to get the date changed for the AV vote in the fear that Scots would get confused with the three different ballot papers. Scotland officials noted that the Parliamentary votes would likely be more delayed now due to the addition of the AV vote. Local authorities stated that the task to county all the votes from the three elections would lead to a Saturday result listing rather than the usual Friday. To help ease confusion, the three different elections were printed on three different colored papers. Also, counting was done by hand as another way to ease confusion and hopefully provide quicker results. The Election Commission stated that informational booklets will be sent to all residents telling about the three different elections and how to fill out each paper.
- BBC News, "Inside the Yes and No AV referendum campaigns," April 7, 2011
- The Guardian, "AV referendum: Everything you need to know," April 7, 2011
- Winsford Guardian, "Nothing fair about changing the voting system," April 4, 2011
- The Daily Mail, "Fears move to poll reform 'will give BNP voters more say at ballot box'," March 29, 2011
- The Guardian Blog, "Trying to vote tactically with AV would be a far from simple affair," March 4, 2011
- Politics, "Feature: Drawing the AV referendum battle lines," February 27, 2011
- ↑ The Telegraph, "AV Referendum results map," May 6, 2011
- ↑ Ballot Access News, "Bill for British Referendum on Vote Systems Makes Headway," January 31, 2011
- ↑ The Associated Press, "Voting system poll finally cleared," February 17, 2011
- ↑ The Telegraph, "'Big money’ battle over voting reform," January 29, 2011
- ↑ The Guardian, "AV is a paltry alternative for reformers," February 22, 2011
- ↑ The Daily Mail, "A good reason to choose No? Switch to new voting system 'will cost us all £250m'," February 15, 2011
- ↑ Angus Reid, "Conservative Voters Propel No to New Heights in British Referendum," April 26, 2011
- ↑ Slugger O'Toole, "Three ballots on the same day," October 15, 2010
- ↑ Scotland on Sunday, "Holyrood result to be delayed by London," January 30, 2011
- ↑ The Herald Scotland, "Different coloured ballots for Holyrood elections," March 9, 2011