System allows 20% win
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.