How to be a complete ranker on may 5th.

Are you already to play “Lets stuff up the voting system” on May 5th?  It all seems to revolve around ranking the candidates in order of personal preference. On one hand we have First past the post, or, as i prefer to call it, ” proper voting”. Then on t’other hand we have

 Alternative vote  or “Over complicated load of twaddle”.

lets allow this cartoon gentleman to explain.


First past the post.

This is the sort of voting where you go into a cubicle, find a pencil on a bit of string ( bit like ladbrokes ) and place a X next to the candidate you want. Simple as that.


Alternative vote.

The Alternative Vote (AV) is very much like First-Past-the-Post (FPTP). Like FPTP, it is used to elect representatives for single-member constituencies, except that rather than simply marking one solitary ‘X’ on the ballot paper, the voter has the chance to rank the candidates on offer.
The voter thus puts a ‘1’ by their first-preference candidate, and can continue, if they wish, to put a ‘2’ by their second-preference, and so on, until they don’t care anymore or they run out of names. In some AV elections, such as most Australian elections, electors are required to rank all candidates.
If a candidate receives a majority of first-preference votes (more people put them as number one than all the rest combined), then they are elected.
If no candidate gains a majority on first preferences, then the second-preference votes of the candidate who finished last on the first count are redistributed. This process is repeated until someone gets over 50 per cent.
Sounds like a lot of ranking to me.


Whatever happened to the old adage ” If it aint broke, dont mend it”   Lets just keep the voting system we have all known and begrudgingly trudged up the road to do , and not some elaborate party game.




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Froggy
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 17:24:58

    Hmmm this seems just a tiny bit slanted against one of the options. Where is the unbiased, well informed, coherent commentary blogs are famed for. You don’t like AV? you despise liberal democrats and wish to exclude them? this very undemocratic of you, I bet you are rooting for Mr Qadaffi as well, I bet you wish he would come over here and sort things out doncha, doncha?

    Anyway how can you be against something supported by Honor Blackman, Eddie Izzard! Colin Firth!! Baldrick!!! how can you justify keeping real democracy from reaching the despotic hellholes of Surrey.

    I don’t think you have given this matter significant thought, just one intangible benefit you have obviously overlooked: better stationary in voting booths. No more 18B crayons which only allow you to draw a squished spider. Now with the need to draw legible numbers we will get good quality writing material, and so you can really take your time to draw your own little picture of what your ideal government would be on your form.

    ¡Vive la Révolution!


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