Sys­tem al­lows 20% win

Halifax Courier - - Weekend Thought /Yoursay@ - Coun R H Mar­shall Con­ser­va­tive Lud­den­den Foot ward

Brier Hey Lane


AT the forth­com­ing lo­cal elec­tions, we are be­ing asked to vote on the al­ter­na­tive vot­ing sys­tem AV.

This re­quires a can­di­date to re­ceive 50 per cent of votes and, if the per­son with the most fails to re­ceive 50 per cent, votes from the other can­di­dates are added to his/hers to­tal. So the win­ner will be suc­cess­ful by be­ing given votes cast for other par­ties. Also, the party that re­ceives the most votes could lose the elec­tion.

As the AV sys­tem re­quires the win­ner to re­ceive 50 per cent, why are we be­ing asked to change the vot­ing sys­tem to AV when the av­er­age turnout in lo­cal elec­tions is be­tween 30 per cent to 40 per cent and, if the vote is 50/50 AV could be in­tro­duced by only 20 per cent of the elec­torate. This is a non­sense. Vote no to AV.

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